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Everton deal excites Arteta

Published: Friday 15 July 2005, 21.37CET
Everton FC have signed Mikel Arteta from Real Sociedad de Fútbol after the midfielder's successful loan spell.

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Published: Friday 15 July 2005, 21.37CET

Everton deal excites Arteta

Everton FC have signed Mikel Arteta from Real Sociedad de Fútbol after the midfielder's successful loan spell.
Everton FC have signed Mikel Arteta from Real Sociedad de Fútbol in a €2.9m transfer after the Spanish midfielder impressed on loan at Goodison Park last season.

Loan success
The 23-year-old, who moved back to his hometown club Real from Rangers FC last summer, arrived at Everton in January and made 12 appearances as the Liverpool-based team clinched fourth place in the English Premiership. The FC Barcelona youth product has put pen to paper on a five-year contract.

Pleasant surprise
"I was very surprised by the club, the people and the fans when I came here. What we did last season was so very important for everybody. Now I want to help this team to grow and do something very good next season," Arteta said.

Awaiting draw
David Moyes's Everton will discover their UEFA Champions League opponents when the third qualifying round draw is made on 29 July. The first leg will be in the midweek preceding their opening Premiership fixture against Manchester United FC on 13 August.

Last updated: 15/07/05 16.22CET

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