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Martinez Key To Besic Switch

Bosnia star says Blues boss was big factor in his move.

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Muhamed Besic says Roberto Martinez was the main reason he joined Everton.

The Bosnian starred in the World Cup and was subsequently linked to a number of top clubs.

But once he met Martinez he was convinced there was only one destination for him.

He told evertontv: “The most important reason why I signed for Everton was Roberto Martinez – I think he is a fantastic coach.

“I know Everton is a really traditional club and the supporters are fantastic here. I think it is the biggest step for me after leaving Hungary.”

Besic’s combative performances in Brazil received plenty of acclaim and the player himself is convinced he’s well-equipped to thrive in England.

“I think my style is suited to playing in the Premier League and I think this is the best league in the world,” he said.

“It will be difficult for me because we have fantastic players, but I think with the help of the coach, I will do my best. The World Cup was really important and I think the most important game for me was the Argentina game. I think I did a good job and many clubs were looking, including Mr Martinez.

“I can play anywhere [in defence or midfield], but I think I will play as a central midfielder for Everton.

“I enjoy playing in midfield because I get to see a lot of the ball and I think it is my best position.”

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