Mirallas reveals Gunners snub
The ?6million signing from Olympiakos was, however, impressed by
Toffees boss David Moyes and what clinched the deal was the advice
of Belgium international team-mate Marouane Fellaini.
“Discussions were at quite an advanced stage with Arsenal but it
was always clear it would be totally down to me to make the
decision,” said the 24-year-old.
“I was convinced that what was important for me at this stage of
my career, embarking on new league, is to get plenty of time on the
“I had a possibility of playing more games and longer periods
“A number of clubs were showing interest in me and my
discussions with the manager here were very important.
“From the word go, I was really impressed by the extent to which
the manager wanted me here.
“Firstly he has been here for a good number of years and has a
solid base so there is stability at the club.
“He also showed a lot of confidence in me in the conversations
we had and he really wanted me to come to the club and that was
another influence, definitely.”
On how much Fellaini had helped him make his final choice he
added: “Marouane being here was also decisive in making my decision
“We had a couple of phone conversations and it definitely
influenced my decision.
“He convinced me the club was an ideal fit for me and hopefully
it is a place where I can exploit my talents and grow as a player
and perform well.
“He told me it was very much a family spirit about the place and
I could expect a warm welcome from the fans.
“Not only has he helped me in coming to the club but I also
think he will help me as I settle in as it is always nice to have a
fellow countryman beside you when you are getting to know a
Mirallas, who signed a four-year deal on Sunday, was presented
to the Goodison Park crowd before Monday night’s 1-0 victory over
The forward said that gave him a taster of what to expect, and
it was also good to see a fellow Belgian in top form.
“I am very proud and happy to have signed for Everton and I know
it is a big club but when you add to what I saw last night, the
atmosphere in the stadium and the way the team played, I am even
happier now,” he added.
“Everyone could see what influence Marouane had on the game and
you can see what he brings to the side, he brings so much not only
in attack but in defence.
“Chatting this morning everyone considers that to be one of his
top performances for the club.”