Fam­ily comes first for new boy Mi­ral­las

Midweek Sport - - THURSDAY AUGUST 23 -

KEVIN MI­RAL­LAS is con­fi­dent he has made the right choice in join­ing “fam­ily club” Ever­ton de­spite turn­ing down Cham­pi­ons League football.

Mi­ral­las, 24, had lengthy dis­cus­sions with both Ar­se­nal and FC Porto this sum­mer about join­ing sides in Europe’s elite com­pe­ti­tion.

How­ever, he opted for Ever­ton and com­pleted his £5.3mil­lion deal from Olympiakos af­ter hav­ing a med­i­cal on Satur­day.

He was in the stands at Good­i­son to wit­ness the Tof­fees’ win over Manch­ester United on Mon­day night thanks to fel­low Bel­gian Marouane Fel­laini’s sec­ond-half header.

Mi­ral­las ad­mit­ted he did not need any more per­suad­ing though af­ter his fam­ily and Fel­laini con­vinced him to join Ever­ton.

He said: “It wasn’t just Ar­se­nal that were af­ter me. There were other clubs as well.

Fam­ily

“Porto were in­ter­ested and so were one or two other English clubs. But af­ter speak­ing to my agent, we knew we had made the right choice com­ing to Ever­ton.

“I am very much a fam­ily per­son so when I make a de­ci­sion, I do it with my part­ner and my par­ents as well.

“Hav­ing spo­ken with both David Moyes and Marouane, we re­alised that this is a fam­ily club.

“To progress as an in­di­vid­ual and flour­ish in a fam­ily en­vi­ron­ment was some­thing at­tracted me.”

Mi­ral­las said that a move to a club out­side of the Cham­pi­ons League may be the right move for him at the mo­ment.

He said: “A lot of peo­ple have asked me why I turned down the Cham­pi­ons League.

“I just felt from a sport­ing point of view that it was the right time to come and play in the Premier League.

“This is a good enough step for me at this stage of my ca­reer.”

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CON­FI­DENT: Mi­ral­las

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