Marco Silva admitted bringing Andre Gomes back to Everton on a permanent transfer was one of his priorities this summer as the Blues boss looked forward to reuniting with his fellow Portuguese.
Gomes has joined the Blues in a £22million deal from Barcelona, penning a five-year contract until the end of June 2022.
Silva believes Everton’s ambition, vision and strong values were key factors in convincing the Portugal international midfielder to commit his future to the Club.
“Andre was a really important player for us last season and I think we were really able to help him, too,” Silva told evertonfc.com.
“It was a good decision to bring Andre to the Club and we made it one of our priorities to get him back.
“I am delighted we have been able to do that as he is a quality player and we were so happy with what he gave us.
“He is someone who has shown he can operate to a high level in the Premier League and for our Club, and I know our fans will be fantastic in welcoming him back.
“What Andre learned about the Club, our fans and our vision convinced him that this is where he wants to play his football and I know he shares the big ambitions that we have going forwards.”
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