Lucas Digne’s past team-mates review like a Who’s Who of universe football; Eden Hazard, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Mo Salah, Kylian Mbappe, Luis Suarez and many more.
So who was a toughest actor for Everton’s new £18million defender to symbol in training?
‘Messi for sure,’ he replies yet hesitation. ‘We lerned each day for dual years during Barcelona and he sees all on a representation before anyone else. It’s pristine talent – we know what he wants to do yet can’t stop it.
Defender Lucas Digne (left) reveals he asked to leave Barcelona for Goodison Park in summer
‘You tighten down his left foot, he goes to a right. You tighten a right side, he goes with his left. It’s crazy. When we saw Messi for a initial time during Barca, we was like “Ooh, it’s him”. we knew we was in a good locker room!’
Gerard Pique also gets an fair mention. ‘He is a really good guy. Like a large hermit to any new actor that is important.’
A few mins in Digne’s association and we see a extraction that manager Marco Silva has brought to Goodison Park.
Digne has Lille, PSG and Roma on his CV and went to a 2014 World Cup and Euro 2016 with France. Missing out on Didier Deschamps’ patrol this summer might have helped remonstrate a left behind he should barter a Nou Camp for Merseyside.
‘Barcelona is a biggest bar in a world, everybody knows that,’ says Digne. ‘But we had a really good feeling when we spoke with (Everton’s executive of football) Marcel Brands and a manager who pronounced he wanted to play with possession.
‘So we pronounced to Barcelona “Please, let me leave for Everton. It is a best thing for me, for my career.” Deschamps pronounced we hadn’t played adequate games for Barcelona final deteriorate to go to a World Cup.
Digne’s past team-mates review like a Who’s Who of universe football, including Lionel Messi
LUCAS DIGNE’S FAMOUS TEAM-MATES
Hugo Lloris (France) – Javier Mascherano (Barcelona), Gerard Pique (Barcelona), Raphael Varane (France) – Mo Salah (Roma), N’Golo Kante (France), Paul Pogba (France), Eden Hazard (Lille) – Kylian Mbappe (France), Zlatan Ibrahimovic (PSG), Lionel Messi (Barcelona)
Subs: Jordan Pickford (Everton), David Luiz (PSG), Blaise Matuidi (France), Luis Suarez (Barcelona), Edin Dzeko (Roma), Edinson Cavani (PSG), Neymar (Barcelona)
‘In a beginning, Barca didn’t wish to sell me yet eventually they motionless OK. we consider it’s a really good plan during Everton. we already knew some players here like (Morgan) Schneiderlin who was during a World Cup in Brazil with me.’
At Barcelona, Digne’s chances of being a unchanging were blocked by Spanish general Jordi Alba yet he still done 46 appearances in dual seasons, 35 of them starts.
He was undefeated in 27 fasten games following a detriment to Alaves on Sep 10, 2016 and has given stretched his personal run to 29 by appearing for Everton in draws opposite Wolves and Huddersfield, when he set adult a idea for Daniel Calvert-Lewin.
‘My expectations aren’t any opposite when we go onto a pitch. For me, we need to win each game. If we play opposite Manchester City, we can kick them. We have a good organisation with good quality.
At Barcelona, his chances of being a unchanging were blocked by Spanish general Jordi Alba
‘Our design is to be improved than final year and if it’s probable to win a trophy, because not? The acquire we have perceived is amazing. They clapped me for 3 or 4 mins in my initial diversion opposite Valencia. we suspicion “Wow, this is usually pre-season.”
Digne, 25, also pulled off a PR masterstroke when he suggested on signing that he’d twice incited down Liverpool in foster of fasten PSG and afterwards Barcelona.
‘I had a lot of Twitter messages from Everton fans after revelation a law about that,’ he laughed.
Everton have done a solid rather than fantastic start yet Silva will be confident they are dominant in a Premier League and done swell in a Carabao Cup. Significantly, Digne, famous for his aggressive runs and delivery, started a final diversion forward of bar fable Leighton Baines.
Digne went to 2014 World Cup and Euro 2016 with France yet missed out on win this summer
They will be fanciful to kick bottom-of-the-table West Ham during Goodison on Sunday yet Digne acknowledges: ‘It’s not like Spain where there is a large disproportion between tip and bottom. Every bar has income to buy players. We have a new plan during Everton and West Ham do as well.’
Digne is agreeable adequate to be happy about his countrymen winning a World Cup even yet he missed out carrying played opposite Colombia in May.
‘They are my friends. we know everybody there and won a Under 20s World Cup with some of them. we watched each diversion on radio and saw a final on holiday in a south of France with my mother during a friend’s house.
The 18milllion left behind started Everton’s final diversion forward of bar fable Leighton Baines
Digne was during a propagandize to accommodate children holding partial in a Premier League Primary Stars scheme
Affable, and supportive too. Digne rushed from his city centre unit in Barcelona final year to assistance victims of a militant conflict on La Rambla when a outpost ploughed into pedestrians and killed 14 people. But it’s a theme he doesn’t criticism on out of honour for a casualties and their families.
On a theme of films, he’s some-more expansive. A self-confessed film buff, Digne finds it is a ideal approach to switch off from matches.
‘One of my favourites is The Green Mile with Tom Hanks. I’m a large Tom Hanks fan, we consider I’ve watched each film he’s made,’ he says. ‘I also desired Flight with Denzel Washington.’
What about Mama Mia? ‘If my mother wants to see it, I’ll have to go yet we wish not! I’d cite to see a new film with Dwayne Johnson.’ Ironically, Johnson’s theatre name is The Rock – something Digne needs to be for Everton to explain their initial purify piece of a season.
Everton’s Lucas Digne visited Holy Spirit Catholic Primary School in Bootle, Liverpool, to accommodate children holding partial in a Premier League Primary Stars scheme. Everton in a Community broach a intrigue in schools opposite Liverpool and Knowsley, regulating a energy of football to enthuse children to learn. Primary propagandize teachers can request now for giveaway pack and equipment, revisit www.plprimarystars.com for some-more information.