Deulofeu Proud To Be A Blue
On-loan winger speaks to evertontv about life at Everton.
Gerard Deulofeu has spoken of his pride at flying the flag for Barcelona at a club like Everton.
Deulofeu’s parent side are famous for their Més que un club (more than a club) motto.
And since joining Everton in the summer, the chirpy winger has been introduced to the Blues’ own status as a pillar of the local community and a source of hope and passion for fans around the globe.
Noting the key similarities between the two clubs, Deulofeu told evertontv: “Everton is a historic club in England and it’s a very well respected club and we play some very good football.
“Barcelona’s training grounds are absolutely magnificent, but the training ground here is very nice as well. The people are very respectful and I am very comfortable here.
“I am very pleased with the support that I get over here. The fans have even invented a song for me and the Tweets they have sent are very positive and very pleasant to read.”
That latter comment indicates Deulofeu’s growing comfort with the language of his temporary home.
“My English is better - better than it was in July, better than it was in August,” smiled Deulofeu as he broke away from Spanish for a few moments.
“When I arrived in England I knew very little English, only what I had learned at school. So I hired a private tutor who helped me, and I think my English improved. When I was injured I didn’t have any lessons but I am hoping when I leave England I will be able to speak quite a bit of English.”
But when will that moment be? Speculation has surrounded where the 19-year-old will be playing next term but the player himself isn’t looking too far ahead.
“I just live in the moment,” he said. “ At the present time I am an Everton player and I don’t think about where I am going to be next season. It will be wherever God wants it to be, but I am very comfortable here and very happy.“
Specifically, the present on which Deulofeu is focusing, is this Saturday’s visit of West Ham United to Goodison Park.
He declared: “I want to play this Saturday, I want to be able to contribute to the team, to get the three points and move forward with the Club.
“West Ham is a team who have won their last four games and we have had a kind of a dip, so we need to beat them in order to continue to chase the European position that we want.
“We lost three points against Chelsea We are training hard to return to winning ways.”
Deulofeu will be hoping to feature against West Ham United this Saturday. Tickets for the game are still available - click here to book online or call 0871 663 1878.
Alternatively, visit the Goodison Park Box Office or Everton Two/TicketQuarter in the city centre.