Everton have signed Sporting Lisbon defender Ruben Vinagre on a year-long loan.
The versatile Portugal Under-21 international, who can play at left-back or left-back, spent five years at Wolves between 2017 and 2022, the first of which was on loan from Monaco.
The Portuguese club then turned the 23-year-old’s loan into a permanent move this summer before joining Frank Lampard’s side, who also have an option to buy the player at the end of next season.
Vinagre is the second player to arrive at Goodison Park this summer following the signing of James Tarkowski on a free from Burnley.
“It’s a dream come true to join a big club like Everton,” Vinagre told evertontv. “The opportunity to work with very good players and a very good manager, Frank Lampard, encouraged me to sign.
“The manager is a football legend. Everyone knows him and the opportunity to work with him and learn from him and someone like Ashley Cole – one of the best left-backs in football – is very big for me.”
“Kevin [Thelwell] he was also important because he knows me very well from when we worked together at Wolves. He explained to me the proud history of Everton and the qualities you need here because it is a very big club and you have to give everything for the fans.
“I give everything for my teammates. I always want to win because that’s the only way. That’s why I came to Everton: to win. Those are my characteristics.”
“I’m good with the ball, I like to attack and also win the ball – I like to do everything in the game!
“I remember Goodison Park is a very difficult stadium to play for the opposition because of the atmosphere. Now it’s good to be on the Everton fans’ side. I’m looking forward to the start.”
Meanwhile, Lampard said of the new signing: “I am looking forward to working with Ruben this season. He is a player with Premier League experience who will add quality and depth to our squad. It is important to have competition for places and bringing in Ruben gives us more options.”
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Everton to open 2022/23 Premier League campaign with visit of Chelsea at Goodison Park – live Sky Sports – as Frank Lampard faces his former club looking for a winning start to the new season.
Richarlison scored the only goal of the game when the two sides last met in April, sparking a run of 10 points from five games that saw Everton retain their top-flight position for the 69th consecutive season. The game is live Sky Sports at 17:30 on August 6.
The Toffees will be hoping to avoid such relegation fears this time around, with trips to Aston Villa (August 13), Brentford (August 27) and Leeds (August 30) – with a home game against Nottingham – coming up after the end of the season. Forest (August 20) sandwiched between a hectic opening month.
The first Merseyside derby of the season comes on September 3 at Goodison, with the reverse fixture at Anfield on February 11. Everton’s final game before the World Cup break is away to Bournemouth on November 12.
The Premier League season resumes on Boxing Day when Everton host Wolves, while their campaign ends on May 28 when Bournemouth come to Merseyside.
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