London, July 3 (IANS) Spanish forward Sandro Ramirez was on Monday lapped up by English Premier League club Everton from Spanish La Liga side Malaga on a four-year contract.
Everton have been looking to bolster their attacking options this summer, with Romelu Lukaku appearing likely to leave Goodison Park, and have now signed the former Barcelona player until 2021.
“I’m very happy, this is a big step in my career,” Sandro told Everton’s official website.
“I know I’m signing for a massive club in England. Everton is the ideal place for me, I’ve got the ideal manager who is going to keep giving me the confidence to improve my game,” the 21-year-old added.
Ramirez said that it’s a big leap in his career, and that the club has big plans for the future in store.
“I cannot wait to wear the blue shirt in front of the Everton fans at Goodison Park. It’s a big jump in my career coming to the Premier League and for a club like Everton which is really on the up. They have got big plans and want to succeed and keep developing.”
“I’m hoping I can get to know my teammates as soon as possible, and want to adapt to the football and the way of life in the city,” Ramirez said.
“Everton have made some big signings and we’re hoping we can put in a great season and hopefully then we can achieve that aim of getting in the Champions League. It will be a big season for us.”
“I was lucky enough to play with some of the best players in the world and managed to win the odd trophy but the important thing now is that I’m very happy to be signing for Everton. We’ve got a fantastic squad and I’m excited about being able to compete at Everton and win plenty of silverware,” he added.
Coming through the youth system of FC Barcelona, Sandro moved to Malaga last summer, where he scored 16 goals in 31 games.
He played 2 appearances for the first team and Everton in the process of roping him in, staved off competition from Atletico Madrid who also wanted his signature.