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Joao Manuel Neves Virginia 33

Everton signed Arsenal U18s goalkeeper Joao Virginia for an undisclosed fee in August 2018.

The 18-year-old Portugal youth international signed a three-year contract and was brought in to compete with Mateusz Hewelt as the third string 'keeper behind Jordan Pickford and Maarten Stekelenburg and for the first-choice slot in David Unsworth's Under-23s team.

Virginia joined the Gunners from Benfica three years ago and built a good reputation in the North London club's youth setup, playing his first games for their U23s team in 2017-18.

Virginia was listed among the subs for the Valencia pre-season friendly (wearing #13) but was then given the #33 shirt vacated by Joel Robles. He would go on to play a significant part in the Under-23s league and cup double, appearing for the first team only for the second half of the friendly against Gor Mahia in November.

Despite being well regarded in most reports, Marco Silva would decide to bring in Jonas Lössl for the following season, with Virginia getting farmed out on loan to Reading, while Stekelenburg still had a year remaining on his contract.


Squad number 33
Position Goalkeeper
Nationality Portugal
Born Faro
Date of birth 10 October 1999
Height 6'-3" (1.92 m)
Joined 3 August 2018
Joined from Arsenal
Signed under Marco Silva
Transfer fee Undisclosed
Contract duration 3 years
Contract expires June 2021
Full debut TBD
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Everton Career

Season Squad Number League Apps (sub) League Goals Cup Apps (sub) Cup Goals Total Apps (sub) Total Goals
2018-19 33 0 (0) 0 0 (0) 0 0 (0) 0
2019-20  () () ()
  Totals 0 (0) 0 0 (0) 0 0 (0) 0

Loan Spells

Season Team League Apps Cup Apps League Goals Cup Goals
2019-20 Reading        

Development Stats

Season Team League Apps Cup Apps League Goals Cup Goals
2018-19 Under-23s  12 (0) 0 (0) 7 (0) 0
2019-20 Under-23s On season-long loan at Reading

Previous Career

Season Team League Apps Cup Apps League Goals Cup Goals
2012-15 Benfica 0 (0) 0 (0) 0 0
2015-18 Arsenal 0 (0) 0 (0) 0 0

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