Michael Keane admits he agonised over a potential return to Manchester United this summer but insists he made the right decision in joining Everton instead.
The England international left Old Trafford two years ago in pursuit of regular first team football and quickly established a reputation as one of the Premier League’s most promising defenders.
Keane was presented with the opportunity to re-sign for his boyhood club in the summer but turned down Jose Mourinho’s interest in favour of signing for Everton.
‘Everton is a big club and has got a great fanbase… and we are in Europe,’ said Keane.
‘United are one of the biggest clubs in the world, so it was not an easy decision to make. I thought about it throughout the summer, maybe even a bit longer than that.
‘In the end I came to the decision that I wanted to join Everton and I am thankful I have done that because I think it is going to be the best thing for me in the long run.
‘I will, hopefully, play a lot of football here and make the step up into Europe.
‘I have seen in the time I have been here how good the manager is, he has been great with me so far. We have had some great games when we have played well, and a few games where it has not gone so well.
‘But I am only young and still learning so, while it is not enjoyable to go through those bad experiences, it is good to learn and it will, hopefully, make me a better player.’