Everton have completed the signing of Swansea city captain, Ashley Williams.
The club confirmed it in a statement which reads;
Ashley Williams believes he has joined “a great club with an unbelievable manager – a world legend in football” having sealed a move from Swansea City for an undisclosed fee.
The 31-year-old central defender, who captained Wales in their march to the Euro 2016 semi-finals, has signed a three-year deal to June 2019.
A former Welsh Player of the Year, Williams was integral in leading Wales so close to European glory this summer in the Dragons’ first appearance in a major finals for 58 years and he is determined to embrace a new challenge and create fresh, exciting memories at Everton.
Williams 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.
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“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.