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Familiar faces draw Donovan back to Everton

SoccerNews in MLS 30 Dec 2011

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LA Galaxy’s Landon Donovan is delighted to be returning to Everton for a two-month loan spell.

The 29-year-old, who can play in midfield or in a more forward role, scored twice in 13 appearances for the Toffees in his two-month stint two years ago.

With the 2012 MLS season not starting until March, Donovan has opted to spend a couple of months back at Goodison Park and revealed his joy at reuniting with past team-mates.

“It’s very good to be back, I am excited,” the American told Sky Sports News.

“It’s good to see the faces and fortunately the first face I saw was that of (captain) Phil Neville who had a lot to say. It’s good to be back and to see everyone.”

“There are a few faces I had not seen before so it’s nice to meet them, and also to see the old faces. It’s good to be back in training.”

Donovan enjoyed a trophy-winning campaign at LA Galaxy this season, and the USA international insisted the Merseyside club is practically a second home to him after his exploits across the Atlantic.

“Who wouldn’t want to come back to this? Just walking through this morning it felt good,” he said.

“The minute I stepped off the plane two years ago and got to Goodison to watch Everton’s game against Carlisle, I felt wanted here, I felt respected and I felt like a piece of their family.”

“And that resonates and stays with you. So when I had the opportunity this year, there was no doubt that if it could work out, then I wanted to come back.”

Everton’s next match is a trip to West Brom on New Year’s Day.

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