Everton star Davy Klaassen: I can’t talk to Wayne Rooney about Europa final – too painful

Klaassen was in the Ajax side beaten 2-0 in Stockholm by Rooney’s Manchester United in May.

And ahead of tonight’s game against Atlanta, Everton’s £23.6m signing admits he still bears the mental scars.

The Dutchman has made a slow start to his career in English football but is relishing the chance to shine on the European stage against opponents who finished fourth in Serie A last season.

“I still feel the pain from the final,” said Klaassen, yet to score for his new club, despite an impressive goalscoring record in Holland.

“But I didn’t need to lose in a final to be hungry for this.

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