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Martinez Explains Anichebe Exit

It was the 'right time' for striker to depart Goodison, says boss.

Martinez Explains Anichebe Exit
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Roberto Martinez feels it was the right time for Victor Anichebe to leave Everton.

The Nigerian international moved to West Bromwich Albion on transfer deadline day in a deal worth up to £6m.

A product of the Club's youth system, the 25-year-old moves on having made 131 appearances with the Blues.

Martinez told evertontv: "Victor grew at Everton and came through the ranks. He has had a terrific time at the Club but I think it was the right time for Victor to start a new challenge and it was clear that Victor was happy to do that. I have to respect that. Everything was done in the right way and Victor will always be remembered with fondness. We wish him well for the next chapter."

Anichebe agrees it was the right time to make a move.

He said: "It was a wrench to leave Everton. I had been at Everton 15 years since I was a child so it was difficult to leave. But I think it was the right time to leave.

"When you move somewhere - especially after being at Everton for so long and Everton being my team, I love Everton - for me to leave there has to be some connection and I felt that with West Brom. When I knew there was interest I knew I was going to come here [to West Brom]."

Stanley GordonVic take it easy when you play against us this season, but good luck anyway, it will take some time to get my head round why you had to go.

Wednesday 4th September 20:09 Report Comment

peter hollandGood luck Victor on your future you were a good Evertoian ,I wish I could say the same about Fellaini

Wednesday 4th September 12:29 Report Comment

Victor MwaiVic its a sad day that you have to go. The gap will be always there :( Wish you well in your future endeavours. You are a great player

Wednesday 4th September 11:55 Report Comment

steve rodwellGood luck Victor. You're an ox. All the best.

Wednesday 4th September 09:28 Report Comment

James TeeGood luck at West Brom! You were my favourite player :(

Wednesday 4th September 06:22 Report Comment

Chris LightfootSad to see Victor go. Thought he was really fulfilling his potential last season. I wish him well for the future

Tuesday 3rd September 23:47 Report Comment

Peter DorganGood luck Victor wish you well at WBA

Tuesday 3rd September 20:34 Report Comment

Bill DaviesGood Luck Vic - once a Blue..........

Tuesday 3rd September 20:09 Report Comment

David FoxGood luck victor, you will be missed....................

Tuesday 3rd September 19:53 Report Comment

Andrew PreslyThanks for the memories Vic, especially Nurnberg away!

Tuesday 3rd September 19:38 Report Comment

keith coldockGood luck mate thanks for your loyalty and service

Tuesday 3rd September 19:37 Report Comment

john mckeownif barry proves he is good enugh to play for everton no reason why he can not stay

Tuesday 3rd September 19:13 Report Comment

Sam PeelVictor we're sorry to see you go and we'll keep an eye on you,OABAAB1878.

Tuesday 3rd September 18:24 Report Comment
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