Thursday 21 November 2019

Gomes sticks with Toffees

Gomes is enjoying his football
Gomes is enjoying his football

Midfielder Andre Gomes admits moving to Everton freed him from the pressure of playing for Barcelona and he hopes he can now flourish having signed a permanent deal.

The 25-year-old spent last season on loan at Goodison Park after making 72 appearances in two years at the Nou Camp, half of which were as a substitute, following a £30million move from Valencia.

While he relished the time playing alongside the likes of Lionel Messi and Andres Iniesta, he accepts the burden of playing for the best club side in the world at that time weighed heavily on him.

"It was a really good experience, with ups and downs like every job," said the Portugal international, a Euro 2016 winner.

"I spent two years there. I improved a lot and I know the game much better than before so I would say (there were) a lot of positive things, the bad things I just try to improve on.

"I think the kind of pressure I put on myself, I couldn't take out that pressure from me so I wanted more and more and probably I went further the wrong way trying to be better for myself.

"But the opportunity at Everton was really good, a new start. People gave me the confidence to come here and enjoy my life and that was what I was trying to do.

"It was love at first sight. I really appreciate what they (the fans) did for me. I came injured so it wasn't easy but from the first time, they were with me.

"Obviously Barcelona was really important for me in other ways; I played with the best players in the world - Iniesta, Messi, Sergio Busquets, so I was really glad to have been at Barcelona."

Gomes completed a permanent transfer, in the region of £22million, last month.

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