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Everton Sign Ashley Williams From Swansea

Everton have announced the signing of Ashley Williams from Premier League rivals Swansea for an undisclosed fee.

The Wales captain's arrival comes a day after Everton sold John Stones to Manchester City.

The 31-year-old central defender on Wednesday signed a three-year deal to June 2019, according to Everton's official website.

Williams said: “I’ve had eight great years at Swansea and, for me, the new challenge was something I felt I needed, so I’m delighted to have joined Everton.

“Everton is a great club with an unbelievable manager – a world legend in football – and I believe the Club is going in the right direction. This is something I wanted to be a part of.

“I look forward to seeing what the manager’s plans are for me and the team. He’s been one of the greatest centre-halves to ever play the game, so I look forward to learning from him and seeing what he can teach me.

“I really can’t wait to get out there at Goodison. I’ve always enjoyed playing on the Goodison pitch, so it will be nice to be an Everton player and experience what it’s all about when I’m part of the home team.

“This is always a noisy place with a crowd that gets behind the team. As an away player – I’ve scored at Goodison and in my career I haven’t scored many goals – it’s a difficult place to play."

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