Everton have confirmed the signing of Ajax captain Davy Klaassen for a fee of €27 million.

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The midfielder has been linked with Ronald Koeman’s side for the last few weeks and on Thursday he put pen to paper on a five-year contract with the Premier League side.

Klaassen told EvertonTV, “I’ve walked around the training ground and talked with a few people and it feels good.

“I spoke a few weeks ago with Ronald Koeman about Everton. I wanted to come here and check if this was the right club for me and since I came here I feel so happy. It’s a great club.

“The moment that I spoke with the manager directly I got a good feeling. He’s an honest guy, we talked about the Club, about the way he wants to play and that gave me a positive feeling.

“I talked to him about the Club and everything we want to achieve and he was really positive. It’s difficult to leave Ajax but I think this is a good step for me now and I’m really looking forward to my time here.”

Ronald Koeman added, “I’m delighted we’ve been able to bring Davy to Everton.

“He’s a player who is only 24 but has a lot of experience and is a leader on the pitch. He has already captained Ajax for two seasons and that shows you the type of person he is.

“He is hardworking, likes to press and, of course, will give us more creativity and goals.

“It is another major signing for Everton Football Club and I am really happy we have been able to complete the deal so early in the summer.”

The move brings an end to Klaassen’s 13-year-spell with Ajax, with the 24-year-old coming through the youth teams to make 180 appearances for the club, scoring 55 goals. He has also earned 14 caps for the Dutch national team.

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