Deulofeu Raring To Go

by Mike Taylor

Gerard Deulofeu insists he will be ready to hit the ground running when Everton reconvene to begin preparations for the 2016/17 campaign.

The Blues winger missed the final four games of last season after sustaining knee and ankle injuries in training, but regained full fitness before jetting off on a summer break.

Like the rest of the squad, Deulofeu will now complete a tailor-made programme in preparation for a return to Finch Farm in early July.

“I feel much better now,” Deulofeu exclusively told evertontv. “I was unlucky because I got injured in one action in training, straight after playing a good 20-25 minutes at Wembley in the FA Cup semi-final.

“I really wanted to carry on that moment and play in the last games of the season, but now it’s time to think ahead and about next season. 

“I worked hard two weeks before the end of last season. The Club has given me a plan for over the summer and I will carry this out because I am a professional and I’m really excited to get going in pre-season.

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“I hope next year is much better and Everton can stay in the top positions of the league.”

While keeping things ticking over from a fitness perspective, Deulofeu is also keen to take the opportunity to meet up with some former teammates during the off-season.

The 22-year-old will return to his native Spain for some downtime and plans to visit close friend and fellow graduate from ‘La Masia’, Barcelona’s esteemed academy, having already spent time with a former Seville colleague. 

He added: “For now it’s time to relax a little bit. I will go back to Barcelona, then maybe Ibiza or Marbella to wind down.

“You work hard all year, then in the summer there is a chance to meet up with some old friends who you have made at other clubs.

“I see players all of the time - when you play football, you meet some great people. I have already seen [fellow Catalan and former Seville teammate] Aleix Vidal and I will see Denis Suarez later this summer.”

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