Deulofeu out to impress Koeman

Gerard Deulofeu believes his injury problems are now behind him and he’s desperate to catch the eye of new Everton boss Ronaldo Koeman.

Everton: Deulofeu out to impress KoemanEverton: Deulofeu out to impress Koeman

The former Barcelona graduate has been impressed by the workings of the new Goodison Park chief during pre-season so far.

The Toffees – currently 7/2 with Titanbet to finish in the top six – take on Spanish side Real Betis at lunchtime today in the Dresden Cup, just 24 hours after losing 2-1 to their German hosts.

And Deulofeu believes the intense friendly programme will stand both him and his Everton team-mates in good stead.

The 22-year-old, who was plagued by a persistent knee problem last term, said: “I am ready for this season and I hope it is much better than the last one.

“I had a good summer because I was still doing some training because I couldn’t play the last two weeks of last season because of my knee problem.

“I was in Spain where the weather was very good but I wanted to come back to England and start training.

“The manager has created a good impression and told us that he expects us to work hard in this pre-season. He wants us to work with a lot of intensity and concentration.”

He added to Everton magazine: “I want to show my best football to the new manager, the new staff, my teammates and the fans.

“I will be training hard and I am confident in my football. I am a young man but I need to show that I am a good professional. I am ready. I have trained hard to recover completely from my injury.”

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