Andros Townsend has joined Everton on a free transfer after his five-year contract with Crystal Palace ended earlier this summer. Townsend, who previously worked under Rafa Benitez at Newcastle United becomes the club’s first signing since the Spaniard’s appointment last month.
Speaking to Everton TV, Townsend said “I think everyone knows what Everton is. It’s a massive football club, it’s very ambitious, a club which has been trying to get back to where it belongs into Europe and beyond.”
“Rafa is very experienced. He does a lot of work on the tactical side on the training pitch, he leaves no stone unturned. But more importantly, he’s a great man, a great man-manager, and he’s always talking to you. I’m sure he will be very successful here.”
The former Tottenham Hotspur player thanked Crystal Palace staff and fans for their support and said “After five amazing years and countless memories, it’s time to say my goodbyes to everyone at Crystal Palace.”
“I’d like to say particular thank yous to the chairman for bringing me to Selhurst and giving me the opportunity to wear the red and blue, to Sam (Allardyce) and Roy (Hodgson) for their belief in me, and to my teammates for the special moments we enjoyed together on the pitch.”
“To the Palace fans. The beating heart of the club. To each and every one of you… thank you. Thank you for all your supports, it’s that support which makes the club and Selhurst Park so special.”
“It’s a shame we didn’t get to say goodbye properly, but we’ll be seeing each other soon enough and I’m already looking forward to returning to Selhurst when we meet again.”
Source: Sky Sports