Everton have completed the signing of Morgan Schneiderlin from Manchester United for £24million on a four-and-a-half year deal.

The 27-year-old France international, who played under Toffees boss Ronald Koeman at Southampton, could make his debut against Manchester City at Goodison Park on Sunday.

Schneiderlin will wear the No 2 shirt at Everton, who will pay an initial £20m to United with the fee eventually rising up to £24m.

Schneiderlin said: ‘Everton is a big club in the history of English football. I’ve always loved the atmosphere in the stadium. I’ve always liked playing here. I can’t wait to play and to represent this great club.

‘There is a manager in place here that I know, I know he can get the best out of me, I know his style and how he likes to play football. He was very good with me from the start and I enjoyed playing football under him.

‘He was very good for me and, obviously, he was a massive player in his playing days and you can only learn from the best. At Southampton he gave me some great advice to keep improving every day and it was a pleasure to work with him.’

Schneiderlin was brought to England by Southampton in 2008 and played a central role in the club’s rise from League One to the Premier League.


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