After impressing for Sean Dyche’s Burnley last season, the England international put pen to paper on a five-year deal at Goodison Park in July.
Keane emerged as a target for Jose Mourinho and Jurgen Klopp earlier in the summer but says the chance to become an integral member of the dressing room at Everton convinced him to head to Merseyside.
‘There was interest definitely, but I thought Everton was the right place for me to come, develop and take myself to that next level,’ Keane told Sky Sports ahead of Everton’s opening game of the season against Stoke City.
‘I didn’t want to go anywhere and not play and I’ve got to fight for my place here. There’s a lot of good centre-halves, but I feel like I’ve got a good chance if I stay fit and perform well.
‘There was definite interest, but I think Everton is the perfect club.’
The 24-year-old added: ‘There was quite a lot of speculation for six months, so it started to get on my nerves for a bit, to be honest.
‘I didn’t want to lose my focus for Burnley so I made sure I put it to the back of my mind and let other people deal with it.
‘I was away on holiday taking my mind off football. You need a break every year, so I left it to my agent and my brother to deal with it.
‘A few days before my holiday was finished I got a call to say the deal was done.’