Former Everton player Gerard Deulofeu has extended a warm welcome to the club’s latest signing, Beto, in a succinct four-word message that speaks volumes about their connection, relays the GrandOldTeam. The duo had previously shared the pitch at Serie A outfit Udinese, where their partnership flourished in the team’s attacking front.
The announcement of Beto’s £26 million transfer to Everton marks the club’s fifth signing of the summer, underlining the Toffees’ intent to bolster their squad. Interestingly, Deulofeu’s influence played a role in facilitating the Portuguese international’s move to Goodison Park.
In an interaction detailed on the official Everton website, Beto revealed that he had conversed with Deulofeu before finalizing his contract with the Blues. He stated, “I talked to him (Deulofeu) the day before I traveled. He told me Everton is a big club, has crazy fans, they love you and it is a really good club to play for.”
Taking to his Twitter account, Deulofeu responded to the news of Beto’s successful transition to Merseyside with a congratulatory message: “ENJOY THE TOFFEES LAD.”
Beto’s arrival comes at a critical juncture for Everton, as the team seeks a potent finisher following a string of three consecutive Premier League defeats. With 10 goals in 33 appearances during the previous Serie A season, the Portuguese forward brings a promising offensive dynamic to Goodison Park.
Expressing his enthusiasm to perform in front of Everton’s passionate fans, Beto shared, “Words can’t express the feeling I have right now to play in Goodison Park because it was a stadium I admired when I was in high school. I always wanted to play there because of the city, the derby, and everything. I think the fans at Everton are a little bit more of a step up than the other fans, so I am excited to play in front of them.”
While Beto awaits his Goodison Park debut due to Everton’s upcoming away fixture against Sheffield United, a victorious start at Bramall Lane on Saturday would undoubtedly provide a strong foundation for his journey with the Blues.