Everton sign winger Andros Townsend on two-year contract-Sports News, Firstpost

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Townsend, 30, was a free agent after his contract with Crystal Palace expired at the end of last season.

File image of Andros Townsend. Reuters

Everton have signed a two-year contract with former England winger Andros Townsend, the Premier League club announced on Tuesday.

Townsend, 30, was a free agent after his contract with Crystal Palace expired at the end of last season.

The move to Merseyside will see Townsend reconnect with new Toffees manager Rafael Benitez, having played under the Spaniard at Newcastle.

“I think everyone knows what Everton is,” Townsend said in a club statement.

“It’s a huge football club, it’s very ambitious, a club trying to get back to its place in Europe and beyond. I will do whatever I can to help the club do that.”

The appointment of Benitez has pissed off many Everton fans as he was once the manager of local rival Liverpool.

Townsend said, however: “Rafa is very experienced. He does a lot of tactical work on the training ground, he leaves no stone unturned.

“But more importantly, he’s a great man, a great man-manager, and he always talks to you. I’m sure he will be very successful here.

Townsend, 13 caps by England, has made a name for himself at Tottenham.

He moved to Newcastle in 2016, but moved to Palace after the Magpies were relegated from the Premier League later in the year.

Townsend tweeted: “After 5 amazing years and countless memories, it’s time to say goodbye to everyone at Crystal Palace.

“I want to especially thank the president for bringing me to Selhurst and giving me the opportunity to wear red and blue, to Sam (Allardyce) and Roy (Hodgson) for their confidence in me, and to my team-buddies for the privileged moments we spent together in the field.

“To the Palace fans. The beating heart of the club. To each of you … Thank you. Thank you for all your support, it is this support that makes the club and Selhurst Park so special.”

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