ASHLEY Williams has completed his move to Everton.
The Wales defender has penned a three-year deal at Goodison Park after the Toffees sealed a deal believed to be around £9m with Swansea.
Williams, 31, has revealed he wanted to join Everton to work with their new manager Ronald Koeman, who he referred to as a “a great club with an unbelievable manager – a world legend in football”.
He said: “I’ve had eight great years at Swansea and, for me, the new challenge was something I felt I needed, so I’m delighted to have joined Everton.
“Everton is a great club with an unbelievable manager – a world legend in football – and I believe the club is going in the right direction. This is something I wanted to be a part of.
“I look forward to seeing what the manager’s plans are for me and the team.
“He’s been one of the greatest centre halves to ever play the game, so I look forward to learning from him and seeing what he can teach me.
“I really can’t wait to get out there at Goodison. I’ve always enjoyed playing on the Goodison pitch, so it will be nice to be an Everton player and experience what it’s all about when I’m part of the home team.”
Koeman added that he wanted to bring in a strong central defender after the departure of John Stones to Manchester City on a £50m deal.
The Dutchman said: “We wanted to bring in a strong player in the central defence position, a player who knows the Premier League and Ashley fits the bill for us very well.
“He is an experienced defender and the kind of player we need in the team. He is a leader.
“He showed this at Swansea and he has shown it for his country and he is looking forward to his new challenge here at Everton.”