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Vitaliy Mykolenko joins Everton from Dynamo Kiev for undisclosed fee

Sat 01 January 2022 | 14:02

Everton have recruited Ukraine international Vitaliy Mykolenko on a four-and-a-half-year deal from Dynamo Kiev.

The 22-year-old, who arrives at the club for an unknown sum, has 21 caps for his nation and will cover the left-back role, which has been problematic in Lucas Digne's lengthy non-injury-related unavailability. 

Mykolenko is

Rafael Benitez

's sixth acquisition since taking over at Goodison Park, and he believes he can excel in the

Premier League

"English football is where the game was born and I think that it will suit my game very well," he said.

"I am 22 but I don't feel like a youngster. I have experience of playing at European level and hope I will continue to improve as a player.

"I am excited about the opportunity of playing in front of our supporters at Everton. I have seen the last few games at Goodison Park and they were unbelievable."

Mykolenko was a member of Ukraine's

Euro 2020

quarter-final squad last summer, and he also won the league championship with Dynamo Kiev in the previous season and appeared in their past two

Champions League

runs. 

Dynamo gave Mykolenko his first-team debut when he was 18 years old. He can also play in central defense and as a wing-back.

"I like to play on the front foot and get forward when I can," said Mykolenko, who made 132 appearances for Dynamo, scoring seven goals and providing 20 assists.

"Modern football demands that full-backs are able to attack as well as defend. I think I am a versatile defender who can get up and down the pitch.

"But I believe desire and commitment are the most important attributes and I will aim to bring those qualities.

"I hope it won't take me too long to settle in and get used to the style of football.

"I feel great right now and it is very important for me to communicate with the team, the management and the fans.

"For that, I need to learn the language and understand culture of this city, this country and this club. I will do my very best.

"I believe here at Everton, with the club's traditions and ambitions, I will grow as a person and as a player."

 


source: SportMob

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