Everton summer signing Djibril Sidibe made a faux-pas when turning up to his first training session at Finch Farm, the defender has revealed.
The 26-year-old turned up to meet his new teammates wearing an all-red tracksuit – a move that did not go down too well with his fellow players.
Sidibe’s time at Everton: Five things to know…
- Sidibe joined Everton on a season-long loan from Monaco this summer.
- The player has a clause in his contract that would allow the move to become permanent.
- The Frenchman has started just four games in the Premier League this season.
- He was left out of Didier Deschamps latest national squad.
- During his first training session, he turned up wearing the colours of Liverpool.
The Frenchman has taken some time to adapt to life in the Premier League and England but has admitted he is slowly ‘acclimatising’ to his new environment.
But it’s not just the style of football and the weather that took some time to get used to, with the customs of the local football teams also taking a while to sink in.
“The first time I turned up to the training centre, I was dressed, without any meaning behind it, in a red Nike tracksuit,” he said in an interview with L’Est Éclair.
“Everyone looked at me weirdly and said: ‘Never, never, never!’. I asked the guy was the problem was. You simply can’t wear the colours of the rival team. People here are in the extreme, but I told them: ‘Hey, guys. I’m only on loan!’”
Despite not starting many games, Sidibe is slowly getting used to the Premier League. The defender considers it to be the best in the world with ‘a lot of intensity’.
“It’s going well, I’m acclimatising bit by bit,” he added. “I needed a bit of time, which is completely normal, especially since the Premier League is different. It’s an excellent league, probably the best in the world, with a lot of intensity.”
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‘Show me you deserve it’
Sidibe had several options on the table when he decided to join Everton in the summer. At first, he considered moving to Spain before receiving the call from Marco Silva to join the Toffees.
When speaking with the Everton boss, it was made clear to the defender that he would have to earn his place in the side.
“A Spanish club told me they were interested. I spoke to a few other smaller ones, but when I had the Everton manager on the phone, everything went well. The feeling was good, which is important,” Sidibe said.
“He was very clear with me: ‘If I made you come here, it’s to play you. It’s up to you to show me that you deserve it’.”
Everton face a crucial game at home to bottom side Norwich City following the international break.