Everton have penned a two-year contract with Andros Townsend who hit free agency.
’s services on a free transfer after his five-year spell atCrystal Palace
The 30-year-old has joined the club as the first signing after
’s arrival as the new manager last month, with the winger having played under the reign of the Spanish tactician at Newcastle.
I think everyone knows what Everton is. It's a massive football club, it's very ambitious, a club which has been trying to get back to where it belongs into Europe and beyond,"
"I'll be doing all I can to help the club do that.
"Rafa is very experienced. He does a lot of work on the tactical side on the training pitch, he leaves no stone unturned. But more importantly, he's a great man, a great man-manager, and he's always talking to you. I'm sure he will be very successful here."
Townsend was playing for Tottenham on a loan deal during the second half of the 2015-16 season when Benitez was at the helm. He met the target four times during 13 matches notwithstanding Newcastle having suffered relegation.
Palace triggered his release clause which was around £13m when the season ended, as he found the net 16 times in 185 matches.
Before that, the England international came through Tottenham’s youth ranks and spend a lot of time on loan spells before making a move to the first team between 2013 to 2016.
Townsend thanked Crystal Palace’s staff and supporters on social media.
After five amazing years and countless memories, it's time to say my goodbyes to everyone at Crystal Palace,"
"I'd like to say particular thank yous to the chairman for bringing me to Selhurst and giving me the opportunity to wear the red and blue, to Sam (Allardyce) and Roy (Hodgson) for their belief in me, and to my teammates for the special moments we enjoyed together on the pitch.
"To the Palace fans. The beating heart of the club. To each and every one of you... thank you. Thank you for all your supports, it's that support which makes the club and Selhurst Park so special.
"It's a shame we didn't get to say goodbye properly, but we'll be seeing each other soon enough and I'm already looking forward to returning to Selhurst when we meet again."
Everton will start their season with a battle against Southampton and their first clash against Palace will come in December.