Everton Already Feels Like Home To Klaassen

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Davy Klaassen has revealed he is "loving life" at Everton following his summer move from Ajax.

The Dutch international, who is back in his native Holland this week for a pre-season training camp with his new club, says Merseyside already feels like home.

The 24-year-old has settled in quickly, turning in two eye-catching performances in the Blues’ friendly wins over Gor Mahia and FC Twente.

And, fresh from leading Ajax to the final of the Europa League in Stockholm at the end of last season, the Dutchman says he is hungry for more success at Goodison as he looks to take his career to the next level.

“Everything I am experiencing is bigger,” said Klaassen, who became manager Ronald Koeman’s second signing of the summer when he signed a five-year contract last month.

“This is a very professional club. I have settled already. Life is great in England but even if it wasn't, it wouldn't matter. I have come here for the football and to be successful.

“I am finding my way around. I have almost found the house that I like and I am looking again this weekend. I cannot wait to live in my new area and I cannot wait for the Premier League season to start.”

A product of Ajax’s famed academy, Klaassen scored 49 goals in 163 first-team appearances for the Dutch giants, and spent his final two seasons at the Amsterdam Arena as captain.

But after severing his ties with the club, the midfielder is now loving life at the Blues and relishing playing alongside the likes of Wayne Rooney in Koeman’s new-look side.

“It is great to combine with Wayne,” said Klaassen, who showed signs of striking up a formidable partnership with the former Manchester United striker during the second half of Wednesday’s 3-0 victory over FC Twente.

“He is a quick thinker and I like that. He looks for me when I make my runs into the area.

“He is a world class striker who has joined us and is playing in front of me. I thought that it was great he came to play for Everton. I was delighted when I heard the news that he was coming back.

“But he isn't coming back to wind it down or take it easy. You can see it in him - he is really fit still. He is hungry on the pitch and he wants to be at a club with a big ambition. He came here for the reasons I did, to be successful.”

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