Everton sold John Stones to Manchester City earlier in the week, and the Toffees have now brought in Welsh international Ashley Williams from Swansea as his replacement for an undisclosed fee.
Williams, 31, spent eight seasons with the Swans, with the past five of them in the Premier League. He’s signed a three-year deal with Everton. Williams revealed that he’s excited to work with manager Ronald Koeman.
“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,” Williams told the club’s official website.
“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.
“This is always a noisy place with a crowd that gets behind the team. As an away player – I’ve scored at Goodison and in my career I haven’t scored many goals – it’s a difficult place to play.
“What Everton fans can expect of me is an honest player, a hard-working player who will try to do as good as I can for my teammates and the Club. I’m not always perfect but I always have the right intentions and I try to leave it all out there on the pitch.”
Williams has been capped 65 times by the Welsh national team.