Everton winger Gerard Deulofeu has revealed that it was Roberto Martinez’s influence that convinced him to leave boyhood club Barcelona and sign permanently for the Goodison Park side.
The once-capped Spain international was deemed as one of the brightest prospects coming out of the fabled La Masia youth academy and spent a campaign on loan at Merseyside in 2013-14.
However, despite having dreams of playing week-in, week-out for the Catalonian giants, Deulofeu returned to the Toffees in the summer on a permanent deal.
The gifted winger has admitted that it was Martinez’s faith in him that was the decisive factor in leaving the European champions to join Everton.
“Roberto’s always had faith in me,” Deulofeu told The Guardian.
“I have to work hard, I know that, but I’m very happy to be back. I was convinced things would go well with him.”
On his day the Spaniard is a scintillating attacker with the ability to terrorise opposition full-backs with his pace and individual skill.
Deulofeu will hope to start against Manchester United at Goodison today but has the likes of Steven Naismith, Arouna Kone and Aaron Lennon for competition in the side.