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Barcelona defender reveals how close he came to joining Everton

05 October 2017

The Dutchman has come under fire at Goodison Park recently after a series of weak performances, questionable team selections and poor results.

Everton splashed the cash on a number of signings over the summer, and whilst manager Ronald Koeman was able to bring in the likes of Michael Keane, Gylfi Sigurdsson and Jordan Pickford, he didn't get one thing he wanted.

The Toffees have won just two games out of seven this season after investing £200m on players in the summer.

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Moshiri cited injuries and a gruesome run of fixtures were more to blame than Koeman for Everton's toils.

However, Vermaelen eventually remained at Camp Nou, and the former Arsenal man has suggested that he is happy to have stayed with the Catalan giants.

Vermaelen is yet to make an appearance in La Liga this season, but technically remains Barca's fourth center back behind Gerard Pique, Samuel Umtiti, and Javier Mascherano. 'He has the experience to turn it around for sure'.

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He told DH: "The board told me they needed four centre-backs".

Everton find themselves in a hard position this season, after a poor run of form at the start of their Premier League campaign.

"I don't want to go into details".

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But it seems he will be given time to recuperate and work out how to change their fortunes over the worldwide break.

Barcelona defender reveals how close he came to joining Everton