Goodison Park Feels Like Home - New Everton Signing Mustafi Shkodran

Mustafi Shkodran has revealed that he turned down interest from Newcastle and Manchester City to sign with the Toffees.

New Everton signing Mustafi Shkodran has penned a deal that ties him to Goodison Park until 2012, but not before testing the water with Newcastle and Manchester City.

The German youngster is one of the most highly regarded youth players in his country, but remains a modest and dedicated talent.

"I always wanted to play in England and would love to absolutely master The Premier League. With the move to Everton for me it is a dream come true," Shkodan told SPOX website.

"I see myself as an enormously strong-willed guy who never gives up. So I think I suit the English league. I will fight as long and give everything until I break into the first team.

"It's true that those other clubs were interested in me. But the clubs did not give the same vision that I had at Everton.

"Everton’s coaches made a great effort with me. They came to Germany and viewed games of me. That was important to me.

"I immediately felt well on Merseyside. It all fits and then I, along with my family, decided that I will make the step."

Shkodran was snapped up from the Hamburg youth system, leaving the academy coach Jens Todt feeling unhappy about the loss of such a talented emerging German prospect.

"When English clubs approach, we cannot compete financially," said Todt.

"We wanted to keep Shkodran happy, but we must accept his change. Are we happy? Of course not."

Stephen Crawford, Goal.com

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