Post by Everton News. on Jul 17, 2017 16:05:25 GMT
Blues Swoop For Martina
Everton's "big ambition" sees them land international defender.
Cuco Martina has revealed that the “big ambition” displayed by Everton was the major reason behind his decision to sign a three-year contract with the Club.
The 27-year-old became the Blues’ latest recruit of the summer transfer window on Monday afternoon, after joining on a Bosman following the expiry of his contract at previous side Southampton.
The right-sided defender once again links up with Ronald Koeman, with whom he worked for a year during his time at St Mary’s.
“Everton is a big club with big ambitions and I'm really looking forward to joining this group of players and the manager as we try to step forward next season,” Martina told evertonfc.com.
“Obviously, I know the manager from my time at Southampton, so I know what he wants and he knows what I can do.
“Everton supporters are really passionate about their Club and everyone's excited about where the Club is aiming. You can see this is a club that wants to achieve something and the players we are bringing certainly show this.
“When you come to a new club, you need to get to know one another so the training camp in Holland will be great for me and for the other new players as well. We will play against Twente, one of my old clubs too, and I'm really looking forward to showing everyone what I can do.”
Everton manager Koeman believes Martina’s ability to play in several positions will be a valuable asset to the Blues.
“Cuco Martina is an experienced player who can perform in different positions at the back, which is important,” Koeman said.
“It's also important, with the number of games we will face in the coming campaign, that we have strength and competition in the squad.
“I brought the player to Southampton, so I know what he can do for us here and this is why I've now brought him to Everton. He is a player who will strengthen our squad and be able to play in different positions when that's needed, too.”
Having played his youth football at Dutch giants Feyenoord, right-back Martina broke through at RBC Roosendaal before playing under Everton assistant manager Erwin Koeman at RKC Waalwijk.
Switching to Twente, he spent two years with the Dutch side before heading to St Mary’s in 2015. He made 36 appearances over two seasons at Southampton, scoring his solitary goal in a 4-0 win over Arsenal when bending a long-range strike beyond Petr Cech.
Having made his debut against the Dominican Republic back in 2011, Martina has amassed 30 caps for the Caribbean nation of Curaçao and he recently became captain of his national team.
Post by Everton News. on Jul 18, 2017 14:57:28 GMT
Cuco Martina says “it’s a dream come true to play for big club” Everton, as he spoke of his huge respect for Blues boss Ronald Koeman.
The 27-year-old defender became the Club’s seventh signing of the summer on Monday, penning a three-year deal after joining on a Bosman following the expiry of his contract at Southampton, where he worked with Koeman during the 2015/16 season.
Following on from the arrivals of goalkeeper Jordan Pickford, defender Michael Keane, midfielder Davy Klaassen and forwards Wayne Rooney, Sandro Ramirez and Henry Onyekuru, Martina is excited with the ambition being shown by Everton.
And the Dutch-born defender believes his versatility will benefit Blues manager Koeman, who he is looking forward to working with again.
“It means a lot (to sign for Everton),” Martina told evertontv. “For me it’s a dream come true to play for a big club. It’s amazing. If you see how many great players we’ve bought, it’s great for the Club and shows they want to achieve something.
“If you see how many great players we have brought in, you can see that the Club is growing and trying to achieve something big.
“He (Koeman) made a big part of the deal for me because I know what he’s won and he knows what I can do. We had a good year working together before and I know his game plan. He’s direct, he tells you the truth and he teaches you a lot of things. He’s also a defender and has taught me many things. I know he’s a really good coach and he can make players better.
“The coach knows that I can right-back, left-back. If he needs me in midfield I can also do that. He knows I’m a multi-functional player and that I can be useful for the squad.”
Born in Rotterdam, Martina spent his early senior career with Dutch sides RBC Roosendaal and RKC Waalwijk, before joining FC Twente in 2013.
Everton take on the Eredivisie club in a pre-season friendly on Wednesday at the home of SV De Lutte in eastern Holland (6pm kick-off UK time, 7pm local time), and the Toffees’ latest recruit is expecting a tough workout.
“It’s coming back home for me because I’m from Holland, I lived here for 24 years,” added Martina.
“It’s nice to come back. It’s a big test for us because I know Twente are a very good team. They like to play from the back and are similar to our squad in the way they want to play.”