Fabian Delph says a desire for regular football convinced him to swap Manchester City for Everton.
The midfielder moved to a Goodison Park in a £10million deal this week after helping City win a domestic treble last season. Delph managed 19 appearances in all competitions last season but the arrival of Rodri in a £60million deal from Atletico Madrid this summer had seen him slip down the City pecking order.
The 29-year-old is delighted to have made the move to Merseyside and hopes to establish himself as a key member of Marco Silva’s starting XI. “The club that I’ve been at has had success, especially in the last two seasons, but over the last four years we managed to win trophies,” he told Everton’s website.
“I wanted to be playing more regularly and the opportunity to come and play for Everton was too good of an opportunity to turn down.”
Delph becomes Everton’s third first-team signing of the summer after the arrivals of Andre Gomes and Jonas Lossl, while defender Sebastian Kristensen has joined the club to link up with the Under-23s.
Everton finished eighth in the Premier League last season and they are 17.00 to secure a top-four finish this year. Everton begin the new campaign at Crystal Palace on August 10 and they are 2.63 to open the season with a victory. Palace are 2.70 to take all three points and a draw is available at 3.30.