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I kept moving on and working hard- Andre Gomes

Written by: Rohan Philip

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The Portuguese midfielder arrived from Barcelona on loan in the summer transfer window in 2018.

Everton’s summer signing, Andre Gomes opened up to the Liverpool Echo about his ill-fated time at the Camp Nou. The Portuguese is now content with his life at Goodison Park and feels like he can now move onto a happier phase of his life in the Premier League.

“Obviously, I didn't want to say everything I said,” said Gomes.

“At that moment, I was struggling a lot inside and sometimes the people who you are talking to help you to say what you want to say, and I think that was the case. I was struggling and I just said everything naturally," added the former Valencia man.

“I believe that there are a lot of players who feel the same and sometimes feel they can give but can't and don't have an explanation."

“It was more about that. I was struggling and I couldn't find a way to go out and enjoy the game, enjoy the fans, and after that I started to understand things a little bit more and enjoying football more.”

The central midfielder has taken to the Premier League like a fish to water, making 24 appearances for his side so far this season, scoring a belter of a first goal on the way. His calmness in the ball and assured passing has meant that the Toffees have a solid base in midfield upon which to build.

Just over a year ago, a tired and troubled Gomes poured his heart out to Panenka magazine about his troubles at Barcelona. However, a lot has changed in a year. It is evident that Gomes now has a new lease on life.

“Some people can may be confused and think that the football player is a weak person but it is nothing about that,” he added.

“Eveyone in their job can sometimes feel that when they are struggling. After the interview, I felt from the players that, maybe at some point in their lives, they had also felt that and it was normal. I kept moving on and working hard and, like I said, tried to enjoy my football and be happy. That is what I tried to do until the end of the season and what I am trying to do this season.”



His first Everton goal came against Wolves

The midfielder made his league debut and immediately felt the pace of the league during a packed festive period. However, the Portuguese hit it off with the staff at Everton who made him feel right at home in England.

“When I came here injured, the first person I spoke to from the club was Danny,” he said of Everton's Head of Therapy Services Danny Donachie.

“Since then we figured out that Phil Neville is a big friend of Danny and is a big friend of mine.

“Since then we have had a really good connection, he is a really amazing person and we spent time together.”.

“He was one of the first people I connected with.”

“Before I came here for the interview, I was speaking with him,” he continued.


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Gomes also highlighted the importance of Marco Silva in his move to Merseyside. The Everton manager was crucial in his decision to leave the Camp Nou.

“I think Marco helped a lot,” he explains.

“We spoke a few times and he tried to explain the way the club wants to go and how the team was at that moment. That helped a lot in me taking the opportunity to come here. Of course, I had other clubs (interested) but it was easier after speaking to Marco."

“I asked Lucas what it was like when he came here. I asked him about the training ground, the Academy, everything about the club."

“It was totally different because I knew Lucas much better than Marco and I think everything helped but Marco had the crucial impact, I would say.”

“I have a few team-mates who don't speak English well and I can speak Portuguese, Brazilian and Spanish and so sometimes I can be the connection."

Published: Fri Apr 05, 2019 04:46 PM IST

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