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Keane: Koeman shaping me in his mould

Michael Keane EvertonEverton defender Michael Keane has revealed that Ronald Koeman is encouraging him to become more of a ball-playing centre half, but that he doesn’t speak to the manager every day in training.

Koeman was renowned for being able to play out from the back – as well as scoring plenty of goals – and it was always clear that as a manager he was going to want his defenders to do the same.

“At Burnley, it was all about defending, which I loved, and I improved a lot when I was there, but it’s just a different style of play,” Keane told the club site.

“You’ve still got to do that at Everton, it’s the basics of being a defender, but you also have to play out from the back a bit more.

“Ronald is trying to bring that out of my game and develop me in that sense. He was more of a ball player and scored a lot of goals.

“He won’t talk to me every day but when he does, he’s got a lot of authority and you take it, you listen.

“Every now and again, he’ll pull me into his office, show me a few clips of what he likes his centre-halves to do.

“That’s all I can ask for, it’s one of the reasons I went there, because he played at the top level. He’s got a lot of experience and hopefully he can keep passing that on.”

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