My Hometown: Lucas Digne

A new feature for our Everton Matchday Programme this season will see Blues players give us a flavour of the places they grew up!

Our magic left-back Lucas Digne kicked off the My Hometown series for Saturday's fixture against Southampton, as he discussed his childhood growing up in the northern French city of Lille, the local cuisine, and its tourism spots!

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A new FREE digital version of the programme is also available this season. This will include an extract from our main interview, notes from Rafa Benitez and Seamus Coleman, and access to our interactive predictor game! 

Lucas Digne: My Hometown

Where did you grow up?
I was born in a place called Meaux, but I grew up more in Lille. I was 12 years old when I moved. I feel at home there.

How would you describe Lille?
It is a friendly place. Everybody is really nice. It is more or less like England, the people are always ready to help you if you need something. I like the spirit of the city.

Must-see attraction?
The city centre. It is really historic. If you have a walk for a little bit, there are so many nice things to take in.

Traditional dish?

Maroilles. It is a more or less a cheese – and it is really strong! It is from Lille. I don’t like it so much, though, it is not for me!

I think there is a beer, but I don’t drink alcohol so I’m not sure.

Favourite restaurant?
I was young when I was there, so I’d just have to say my parents' house!

Sporting venue?
Stade Pierre Mauroy, Lille’s football stadium. Their new ground is really big. It is unbelievable.

Exercise spot?

For sure, I would go for a run in the park. There is a big park around the city and it is so nice to run there.

Local festival?
The Braderie. They have a big market and people and sell lots of things. They close the city and you can only walk in the city centre.

How did a teenage Lucas spend his free time?

Watching some movies in the cinema or heading out for ice cream or some pasta. It was a nice place to be.

Introduce a visitor to one person?
My brother. He knows the city better than me, as he has lived there since he was 14. He could be a tour guide!