Everton have signed Ben Godfrey from Norwich City on a five-year contract until end of June 2025 for an undisclosed fee.
Speaking on his decision to join the Toffees after suffering relegation with Norwich at end of last season, Godfrey told evertonfc.com; “It is an honour to sign for Everton and to be part of a huge club,”
Godfrey has also stated his aim for success at Goodison Park, saying; “The aim for me at Everton is to win trophies and win games. I like to win.”
The 22 year-old defender also spoke of his belief that he can ‘kick on to the next level’ at Everton as he said; “This is a club full of history that has an exciting team full of world-class players who will help me kick on to the next level. I am looking forward to working with them and hopefully, having great times with Everton Football Club.”
On Carlo Ancelotti’s stature, Godfrey believes that the Italian is the right manager to help him ‘get to that next level’ given his history with centre-backs as he said; “The manager’s past speaks for itself. He has worked with some top-class centre-backs. I will be able to learn so much from him and he is going to help me get to that next level, which is where I want to be.”
Godfrey is a versatile player who can play in any defensive position or as a midfielder if required and has iterated his confidence that he can play “… wherever the manager sees fit as I absolutely trust his opinion.”
Norwich have paid tribute to Godfrey who scored five goals in 78 appearances for the Canaries in all competitions, saying; “All at Norwich City would like to thank Ben for his efforts and commitment to the club and wish him well in his future career in the game.”
Acknowledging his time at Carrow Road, Godfrey posted a tweet in which he spoke of the fact that ‘The time has come for me to move on from @NorwichCityFC’
— Ben Godfrey (@BenG0dfrey) October 5, 2020
His first Everton appearance could come on Saturday 17 October as the Toffees host Liverpool at Goodison Park in a blockbuster Merseyside derby.