Everton secure signing of highly-rated Netherlands defender on three-year deal

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The Toffees have confirmed the arrival of the defender, who can play centre-back or right-back, signing a three-year deal at Goodison Park

Everton have announced the signing of Netherlands Under-18 international Nathangelo Markelo from Dutch second division club FC Volendam.

The 18-year-old defender had long been linked with a move to Goodison park and has now put pen to paper in a three-year deal with the Premier League club. 

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Markelo will link up with David Unsworth's Under-23 squad ahead of the 2017-18 Premier League season.

“It feels great to be an Everton player," Markelo told the Everton official site. "It’s a nice opportunity for me and I love it here already, 

“I heard something about two weeks ago after a tournament I played in and I was very happy. I decided immediately that I wanted to come to Everton. 

“I’m looking forward to the season now. I have three years here and I hope to get plenty of playing time, develop as a player and then just keep making steps forward towards the first team.”

Markelo, who had two years remaining on his Volendam contract, made 30 appearances in all competitions at Under-19 level last season.

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