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Andros Townsend completes shock Everton move as former Crystal Palace star signs two-year deal to join Rafa Benitez

The US Sun
The US Sun
 2021-07-20

EVERTON have completed the shock signing of Andros Townsend from Crystal Palace.

The former England winger has signed a two-year deal at Goodison Park having been released by the Eagles at the end of last season.

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Andros Townsend has signed for Everton on a two-year deal after being released by Crystal Palace Credit: Getty

He will reunite with new Toffees boss Rafa Benitez who he worked with at Newcastle.

Having signed on the dotted line, Townsend tweeted: "Excited and honoured to start a new chapter at Everton.

"To the Evertonians, I can promise you that I’ll give my absolute all for the badge and leave everything out there to make sure this club achieves the success it deserves.

"This is a huge club and I understand that. NSNO."

And speaking to Everton TV, the ex-Tottenham man said: "Everton is a massive football club and very ambitious.

“They would admit I’m coming here to be a squad player. My job now is to prove I’m good enough to be an important part of this football club.

“Whenever I get the opportunity in pre-season, I will try to prove I’m good enough to be an important player here.

“That’s what drives me, it is what wakes me up in the morning and gets me out of bed. I worked with Rafa at Newcastle and had great success [personally] with him.

“We tried to link up on a few occasions after that but it wasn’t to be.

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“When he called me, with the backing of Everton, who are a massive football club and have big ambitions… it was a no-brainer.”

Townsend has 13 England caps - winning his first one in October 2013.

He spent five years at Palace - scoring 16 goals and laying on 28 assists in 185 games for the Londoners.

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