Bolasie on settling in at Everton

Yannick Bolasie is settling in well at Everton.

Bolasie told Everton’s official website: “I am settling in well, even though there has been a little bit of disruption with going away on international duty. Off the pitch, I’ve not seen much of Liverpool yet because I have been away in DR Congo.

“I have just moved in to a new place but literally the day after, I was on a plane.”

Bolasie has been on international duty with DR Congo as they secured their place at the Africa Cup of Nations in January.

“It was a good result for us because we needed a win or a draw to qualify. It was great to go on and get a win for our home crowd. We played in front of nearly 100,000 people so to win for them and for the country was good.

“It’s incredible to play in front of that amount of fans but we get that at training to be honest. I have been playing for DR Congo for three years now so it is becoming normal for me.

“For all the new players that come into the team, though, they stand there in shock because they can’t believe there are so many people who support the team. But in Congo, it’s the same as here at Everton, the fans are passionate about their football and their team.

“For me, going back to Congo is always an eye-opener. It makes you appreciate the things that you have got in life. To be amongst the people and be able to make them happy makes me feel even better.

“It doesn’t matter that I was born in England. I can speak the language – Lingala – and my parents are from there. Every time I wear it, I do my all for the shirt and the country whenever I step out onto the field. The fans have taken me as one of their own.”

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