Deulofeu: Barcelona experience will help me at Everton

The striker, who has joined the Toffees on a season-long loan deal, believes training with the likes of Lionel Messi and Andres Iniesta can aid his progress in the Premier League
New Everton signing Gerard Deulofeu says he hopes his experiences at parent club Barcelona can aid his progress at Goodison Park.

The Spain Under-20 international will spend the next season on loan in the Premier League after finsihing first-team opportunities hard to come by at Camp Nou.

And Deulofeu feels training alongside the likes of Lionel Messi and Andres Iniesta will help as he adjusts to life with Everton.

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"I’m an attacking player and I can play wide. I’m quite quick, quite decent at one-on-one situations and I’m looking forward very much to helping the Everton team," Deulofeu told the club's official website.

"Obviously training at Barcelona is a fantastic experience. You train alongside players like Lionel Messi and Andres Iniesta who are clearly some of the best players in the world. To learn from them is a very nice experience."

Deulofeu represented Barcelona's B team last season, scoring 18 times in 33 Segunda Division matches while also helping Spain's Under-19s to become European champions in 2011 and 2012.

Most recently, the striker represented Spain in the Under-20 World Cup, scoring two goals before being knocked out in the quarter-final stage.

"It was a great and pleasant experience," Deulofeu said of his time at the World Cup. "We were up against some teams like Mexico who we were able to get through against. We didn’t quite manage it against Uruguay, but it was a great experience.

"I’m really looking forward to meeting my new team-mates and getting started. Obviously I have got a few days holiday coming my way because I have just finished in the tournament but I can’t wait to get started."