Morgan Schneiderlin: Everton decision easy despite other interest
- Author: Angelo Rivera Jan 15, 2017,
Jan 15, 2017, 0:15
Morgan Schneiderlin says Everton boss Ronald Koeman can help him to reach his top form again following his hard 18 months at Manchester United.
At Everton, he'll be linking back up with Ronald Koeman, whom he's quite familiar with from their time at Southampton; Koeman will know exactly where and how to utilize Schneiderlin's strong suits in his squad.
Schneiderlin has signed a four-and-a-half year contract until June 2021. In all, Schneiderlin will cost Everton 23 million euros plus bonuses as the deal can potentially cost Everton up to 27.5 million euros for the player.
He found opportunities hard to come by under Jose Mourinho this season, playing just 11 minutes in the Premier League. However, now the combative midfielder has a chance to kickstart his career at Goodison Park.
"Everton is a big club..."
"Morgan (Schneiderlin) is fit but we will make the decision on Saturday about whether he is in the squad", Koeman told a news conference.
From that moment on, I played with freedom and with my mind free. "We had a good discussion and I'm happy he understood".
"When I first signed for Manchester United I had big ambitions", he said. "I knew it was a possibility for me to leave in January so to be fit as quick as possible".
"There is a manager in place here that I know, I know he can get the best out of me, I know his style and how he likes to play football", Schneiderlin said.
Koeman had spoken last month about how he was aware of reports linking West Bromwich Albion with the Frenchman, but he has seen off competition to seal the player that he wanted.
"James McCarthy and Maarten Stekelenburg have trained all week but we have to make a decision over whether they are game ready".
Failure to get a result at Everton would likely spell the end of City's title challenge, Koeman said, adding that his team would do their best to make life hard for Guardiola's side. I'm sad because I like him. He's most naturally a central holding midfielder and he could provide Everton with another stable option in that position alongside Gareth Barry and Ross Barkley.