Former Pompey captain Sylvain Distin has spoken of his delight of joining a ‘stable club’, one capable of challenging for honours.
The 31-year-old joined Everton in a late summer move, for a fee believed to be in the region of £5.5m.
Distin was entering the last year of his pre-existing contract with Portsmouth, and was getting dismayed with the uncertainty surrounding the club.
Forgetting about the past however, Distin is now looking forward to a new adventure with Everton, as well as settling down new roots.
He said: “When you have players who have played together for a long time, that is a plus and it is not just getting players – it is about getting the right players. ”
Was that a sly dig at Pompey? Only he knows.
He added: “The competition (for places) will be tougher but that suits us great. If you want to be in the top seven or eight you will have to fight hard because apart from the top four there are four or five other teams who are really going to be after good times.”
Personally, I would love to see Sylvain’s reaction when crocked defender, Phil Jagielka returns to full fitness.
As well as Jagielka’s return to come, Everton have spent big on another central defender; £5.5m for John Heitinga of Atlético Madrid.
As some would say, you don’t pay £5.5m for someone to just sit on the bench…
Speaking of stability, Sylvain went on to say: “I wanted to move to a club that was a lot more stable, they have always been in the top six or top seven for a few years now and the team hasn’t changed too much.
“They are trying to improve the squad so stability is really important. I’m not the kind of player who wants to change club every year – I feel comfortable and happy where I am.
“Everton have proved that they can do it but we know it will be tough.”
In my opinion Sylvain, the impression you give suggests you’re not one for when the going gets tough.
Pompey are going through a very tough time at the moment, yet you couldn’t stay at the club to battle on?
How very tough of you…
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