Lucas Digne (27 years old) went to Everton with a purpose: feel like a footballer again. Something that has more than achieved since he left the Camp Nou in the summer of 2018 for England. He is the undisputed starter in the Carlo Ancelotti scheme and has played it all for the moment this season, with the only drag being having received a red card. The right back gave an interview this Friday to the digital media Goal in which it ensures that Everton’s great start to the championship is not the result of chance, and that the great objective for this season is to qualify for the Champions League, tournament that the Merseyside team has not reached since 2005 under the orders of David Moyes.
Digne said he felt in one of the sweetest periods of his football career: “I just entered my best age as a professional footballer, at 27 years old, and I think when I look at my performance, this season has started more or less like the previous season. I have been playing at a constant level for a long time, as the statistics show“. The French side did not forget his time at Barcelona, in which he could not finally get a place in the starting lineup, since Jordi Alba was master of the left lane. “Leaving Barça was a very difficult decision, since I loved to play for this club, but what I really wanted was to play every minute and I have been able to do that since my arrival in England“, welcomes.
Digne’s bet was a success: He has become the undisputed side of the Toffees, injuries have respected him and Didier Deschamps is counting on him to make up the calls for the French team. The brilliant start of Everton, which came to lead the Premier League just a few weeks ago, has been undermined by the plague of injuries to important footballers. But nevertheless, Digne does not consider that the great start was a mere chance: “For me, our start was not a surprise, we have shown the true level we have. The club did really well during the transfer market, we are a good group of players and a great coach who has an incredible experience in the football elite. It’s exciting to be at Everton right now. We will return to our best level and we will be a strong team this season“.
Despite the Merseyside team being seventh in the leaderboard after reaping three defeats in a row in the last gamesDigne does not hide that his great illusion this year is to boost Everton in the top positions and so get the ticket that gives access to the Champions League. “Everton has the ambition to play in the Champions League and so do I, since it is a competition that I miss. I was used to playing for teams that competed in this tournament, but the competition to reach the top four in the Premier League is really tough. In spite of everything, there is no doubt that we are targeting EuropeDigne said.