Blues Sign Stekelenburg

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Ronald Koeman has made goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg his first signing as manager of Everton.

The Dutchman, 33, moves to Goodison Park on three-year contract after an undisclosed fee was agreed with Fulham.

The transfer sees Stekelenburg reunited with Koeman for a third time in his playing career.


“I’m very happy - things have moved very fast over the last couple days,” Stekelenburg told evertontv.

“He [Koeman] has come to Everton and he called me a few days after asking if I was willing to follow him. It wasn’t difficult to make that choice.

“He’s one of the best coaches - he’s straight talking, he’s fair and he has confidence in me which counts as well.

“I’ve been here [in England] for a couple of seasons and I love the Premier League. It’s fantastic that I can stay.”

Manager Koeman added: “Obviously I know Maarten well having worked with him at two clubs before.

“I know through his professionalism, hardworking approach and personality he will fit in well with what I will be building at Everton.”

Stekelenburg first worked under the new Everton boss at Ajax, winning the Eredivisie title in 2004 as a 21-year-old.

Capped 54 times with the Netherlands, the stopper appeared in the 2010 World Cup final against Spain.

He spent almost a decade at Ajax, in which time he won another Dutch top-flight title in 2011, as well as collecting three KNVB Cup winner’s medals.

A switch to Roma followed in 2011 and after two years in the Italian capital, he then moved to the Premier League with Fulham.

Stekelenburg spent the 2014/15 campaign on loan at Monaco and last season linked up with Koeman again at Southampton, on a season-long deal.

He played in a total of 25 games in his year with the Saints, prior to signing in at Goodison Park.

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