Moise Kean says that he is ready to bring the experience he has gained from playing at Juventus to Everton so he can repay the club and the fans for the warm welcome he has received so far.
The Italian striker, a £25.1m acquisition from Juventus in what has the potential to be one of the coups of the summer, was moved by Director of Football, Marcel Brands's gesture to his mother in giving her a shirt with her son's name and number on the back, personalised with “Mami” on the bottom, together with a commitment that Everton will look after her son, particularly following some of the racism Kean suffered recently in a Serie A game against Cagliari.
“I've been enjoying my first few days very much,” the 19-year-old said during his first official press conference at Finch Farm earlier today. “The team is a family and I'm very, very happy and feeling very well.
“It has been a very emotional time, it was a great gesture [from Brands] and I've felt at home straight away.”
In addition to Brands's assurances, some Everton supporters have offered their own welcome to Kean by raising money to create a banner in support of the player's fight against racism.
Kean promised to respond to the fans's gesture on the pitch, saying: “That is beautiful because racism is horrendous. We have to fight hard against racism and I'm going to repay the fans for all they do for me.
“I'm feeling even more motivated and more willing to repay them. I'm training at 100 per cent of my ability and giving the maximum I can.”
Kean stressed that his decision to come to England had nothing to do with the incident at Cagliari or any fears of further race-based hostility he might endure playing in Italy. Instead, he says he was attracted by Everton's ambition.
“No, I like Everton, that is the reason [why I came],” he said. “Everton is looking ahead, like me, to the future so I see myself in this team. I want to play, I want to prove myself and give 100% of my ability.
“The staff is very, very good, the team is exceptional. They've accepted me as a companion and I'm very grateful. I'm going to repay them by giving 100 per cent of my skill and ability.
“The objective of the team is to get as far as possible. For me, personally, I am a striker so my objective is to score goals, as many as I can — seven as a minimum, but I can score more!
“I've had the benefit of playing with some of the best players, like Cristiano Ronaldo for instance, so, of course, I have learned a lot. I'm bringing everything with me.”
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1 Posted 06/08/2019 at 19:27:28
2 Posted 06/08/2019 at 19:32:47
The young man has great potential, lets be patient and see him grow into an Everton legend
3 Posted 06/08/2019 at 19:55:19
Nice to see Coleman with his arm around him. Lets hope he settles in nicely. Might not be easy as I'm not sure we have any other italian speakers in the squad.
4 Posted 06/08/2019 at 19:58:30
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11 Posted 06/08/2019 at 22:42:31
I am genuinely heartened to see the banner initiative.
On a completely different note, I was very confused by the video of Brands giving the shirt to his Mum. Not the gesture, which I thought was an extremely thoughtful touch, but, given our boy was born and brought up near Turin and is an Italian national/international, how come the translator was doing it in French?
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16 Posted 07/08/2019 at 01:19:41
Gbamin doesnt look too shabby either.
17 Posted 07/08/2019 at 02:55:39
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19 Posted 07/08/2019 at 03:22:22
The target was £1,000.
They've already got over £3,000. In just a few hours.
I'd describe that in one word.
20 Posted 07/08/2019 at 03:56:39
Apparently Dan Meis got the ball rolling with £200. Generous donation, but also a nice move in terms of generating publicity for it at the very outset.
21 Posted 07/08/2019 at 11:45:37
I will be donating a few quid towards it.
22 Posted 07/08/2019 at 20:49:08
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