Italy international midfielder Aurora Galli has joined Everton on a two-year deal, with an option to extend for a further year to 2024.
Galli, nicknamed ‘Yaya’, becomes the first-ever Italian player to compete in the Barclays FA Women’s Super League.
One of the most consistent performers in Italy in recent times, Galli left Juventus at the end of the 2020/21 season after four years with the Turin giants.
The 24-year-old joins the Club with an impressive trophy haul that includes four Serie A championships, three Supercoppa Italiana titles and a Coppa Italia triumph.
With a smile beaming on her face, Galli discussed what it means to sign for the Blues.
“I’m really happy to be here,” she told evetontv.
“I’m looking forward to the start of the season and getting to know the girls, the staff and this Club.
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GALLI'S FIRST INTERVIEW AS AN EVERTON PLAYER
“This is an important move for me. It’s the first time I have moved away from my country.
“I want to help this Club and my teammates achieve something.
“This league is very important. The competitiveness is really high.
“I want to learn from the league, my teammates and the manager to become a better player.”
Galli becomes Everton’s seventh signing during the summer transfer window.
The Italian spoke of the conversation she had with manager Willie Kirk before putting pen to paper at Everton and what she is aiming to achieve in England.
“Willie told me this is a special club,” she added.
“He told me how everyone attacks and defends together, which I like as it’s important to have that togetherness.
“I want to win everything that we can.
“I want to improve myself and my game.
“For the team, I want to get us back into the Champions League as it’s important that this Club plays in Europe.”
Sarvar Ismailov, Everton Women Sporting and Commercial Director, said: “Aurora was the missing piece of the puzzle in our squad.
“Since the departure of Damaris [Egurrola], we needed someone with similar attributes.
“I am a big fan of Aurora’s style of play, the aggression which she brings, and the energy and balance she provides between the midfield and the back four.
Manager Kirk was thrilled to be adding an “all-round” midfielder to a squad that is hungry to win.
“It’s been a deal that we’ve been working on since early in the year,” he told evertonfc.com.
“It’s taken a while to come to fruition, but we finally got there.
“She reads the game very well and makes a lot of interceptions.
“She spoils opposition’s game plan but she’s also very good on the ball.
“Composed technically, she has a good range of passing.
“Anybody who watched the France 2019 World Cup closely can see she can score goals as well.
“Galli has got a lot of different attributes and aspects to her game.
“She is an all-round midfielder that gives us really good strength and experience.
“We’ve recruited well. We’ve recruited winners and she is certainly classed as one.”
Galli has begun training with the squad and says she cannot wait to the first game of the season – a home game against Manchester City on 5 September – so she can meet the Evertonians for the first time.
“The support from the fans is so important,” she added.
“I’m glad that they’ll be able to come back to the stadiums to watch the games.
“We need the fans.
“It’s awesome that they will be back as I want to meet them.”