Marcel Brands spoke to the NOS about his decision to leave his role as Technical director at PSV for Everton.

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Brands had been linked with Everton for months and finally, on Wednesday the news broke that he had accepted the Premier League sides offer and will leave PSV after eight years at the club.

Brands said, “It was a very difficult decision to join Everton who are a great club because I was already at a great club here in PSV Eindhoven. It was tough to leave PSV Eindhoven after 8 years because I really enjoyed the people I worked with.

“Because of the interest from Everton I was offered a new contract by PSVEindhoven which I thought about seriously which did lead me to doubt my decision but Everton is a great challenge. I am the first from the Netherlands to be offered such a job in the Premier League which is special and Everton is a great chance for me.

“My 8 years at PSV Eindhoven are in my heart and the people too and I will now bid them a fond farewell. I am proud that we have once again managed to make people of Eindhoven proud

“In football, it is important to choose your direction which you do with scouts and managers but you must get the time and the chance to build something up and that is what I will be doing at Everton.

“Everton first contacted my two years ago via Mino Raiola and since that moment I maintained contact with the owner and chairman.

“Everton are planning to have a different model and they are trying to get Everton to reach a higher level in the coming years. I am not going to Everton to change their culture. We must keep the culture that Everton have. We just want to improve things.

“I spoke to Ronald Koeman in the times that I have seen him here at Eredivisie matches and we spoke about Everton. His opinion was that it will not be easy but that Everton are a great club with fantastic people.

“The Premier League is the biggest league in the world and not an easy league and the expectations are high.

“PSV Eindhoven did everything in their power to keep me and that shows appreciation and respect for me and it made my decision even more difficult and I plan to do my best at Everton.”

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