Everton: Rafa Benitez axe ‘proved me proper’ says Lucas Digne as he reveals row details

Rafa Benitez’s sacking ‘proved me RIGHT’, claims Lucas Digne, as he reveals team-mates had been ‘unanimous’ in backing him in opposition to supervisor ‘who had a foul philosophy’ throughout row that led to £25m Aston Villa switch

  • Lucas Digne was exiled by Rafa Benitez earlier than defender left to hitch Aston Villa
  • Frenchman has now spoken about how his swap from Everton transpired
  • He advised Benitez the staff had the capability to play a possession type recreation  
  • Digne additionally says Spaniard lied about him making an attempt to power his approach out  

Lucas Digne has savaged Rafa Benitez and revealed the details behind his Everton exit in January. 

The Frenchman joined Aston Villa for £25million having been exiled by Benitez at Goodison Park following an explosive falling out. 

Digne, 28, has now opened up in regards to the nature of the spat and his vindication at Benitez shedding his job after a dreadful run with the Toffees, previous to Frank Lampard’s appointment. 

Lucas Digne (left) has spoken about his fallout with Rafa Benitez (right) before he left Everton

Lucas Digne (left) has spoken about his fallout with Rafa Benitez (proper) earlier than he left Everton

Steven Gerrard's project at Aston Villa persuaded the Frenchman to join for £25million

Steven Gerrard’s project at Aston Villa persuaded the Frenchman to hitch for £25million

He advised L’Equipe: ‘When you’re a part of the framework, there are discussions with the coach. The relationship we had was not good. 

‘It was difficult to be excluded from the group for a month. It was an unprecedented scenario in my career. But I had my household and my team-mates with me.

‘I additionally noticed Raphael Varane very often, as we lived close by. I took it upon myself. I continued to work on the facet, to be behind my buddies. I’ve by no means refused to play.’

Benitez spoke publicly about Digne wanting to depart the membership however the left-back has denied these claims. 

He mentioned: ‘It was a approach for him to guard himself. I by no means requested for that. People who know me on the membership know that every little thing was going very effectively. I used to be not the one one to depart, furthermore (James Rodriguez, specifically).’

Asked in regards to the particular nature of their disagreement, he revealed: ‘In relation to the type of play, particularly. 

‘I assumed we had a staff that would have much more possession, which we had the standard for. He requested me the question, I gave him my answer. 

‘I do know my place. I felt legit to present him my emotions and people of the opposite gamers within the locker room. The group was unanimous. The last final result proved me proper, since he was fired due to the poor outcomes. 

Digne was one of Everton's standout players over the last three years before he left

Digne was considered one of Everton’s standout gamers during the last three years earlier than he left

‘I believe he additionally had a foul philosophy. He did not match at Everton.’

Digne determined to hitch Aston Villa below Steven Gerrard regardless of having quite a few affords on the desk. 

‘I used to be fortunate to have a number of golf equipment and I selected Aston Villa for the project, the coach. I do know it should work for me,’ he mentioned.

‘I didn’t talk about it with the (France) coach (Didier Deschamps). As lengthy as I’ve taking part in time and I carry out effectively… it is a membership that has a historical past.

‘And, over time, you will notice that there would be the high quality to interrupt into the highest seven within the Premier League. Managing to draw somebody like Philippe (Coutinho) is already an indication. 

Digne accused Benitez of having a 'bad philosophy' and being a poor fit at Goodison Park

Digne accused Benitez of getting a ‘dangerous philosophy’ and being a poor match at Goodison Park

‘This summer season, it should nonetheless transfer on lots. There are methods to do it. You must progress rapidly. This is an bold membership.’

Digne has slotted in effectively at Villa and earned a recall to the French nationwide staff.

He was an unused substitute of their pleasant win over Ivory Coast final Friday and shall be hoping to play some half within the upcoming recreation in opposition to South Africa on Tuesday evening.  


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