Aurora Galli has signed for Everton on a free transfer from Juventus on an initial two-year deal, with a further option of an one-year contract extension.
Galli joins Everton as a free agent after departing Juventus at the end of last season and will become the first-evert Italian player to compete in the Women’s Super League (WSL), having previously won seven titles in Italy.
Speaking to evertontv., Galli spoke of feeling “really happy” to have signed for the Toffees who finished fifth in 2020-21 WSL, having initially made a bright start before falling away from title contention throughout the season.
The 24 year-old also spoke of this decision marking “an important move” for her as she prepares to play outside of Italy for the first time in her career, having previously played for Inter Milan, Torres Calcio, Mozzanica and Verona as well as Juventus.
Galli also noted that the WSL is “very important” with strong competitiveness amongst various clubs in player quality, but has vowed to try and help Everton achieve success, saying: ““I want to help this Club and my teammates achieve something.”
A more personal target within Galli’s plans will see her look to improve and learn from her fellow teammates, commenting: “I want to learn from the league, my teammates and the manager to become a better player.”
Discussing her initial conversations with manager – Willie Kirk, Galli revealed that Kirk had told her that Everton “is a special club,” before adding: “He told me how everyone attacks and defends together, which I like as it’s important to have that togetherness.”
Galli also confirmed that she will be targeting Champions League football alongside her teammates, iterating that European football is “important” for Everton after a decade in the domestic wilderness following their last European adventure.
Kirk in turn revealed that the club had been interested in signing Galli since earlier this year but is relieved to have completed her transfer, as he praised her ability to read the game both in possession and when making interceptions off the ball with technical composure in varied passing styles.
The 43 year-old manager therefore is delighted with Galli’s range of “different attributes and aspects” which makes her “an all-round midfielder” full of strength and experience.”
Everton Women Sporting and Commercial Director, Sarvar Ismailov meanwhile described Galli as the “missing piece” of Everton’s jigsaw, completing the search for Damaris Egurrola’s replacement in midfield after the American-Spaniard departed for Lyon.
Explaining the decision behind Galli’s signing, Ismailov said: “I am a big fan of Aurora’s style of play, the aggression which she brings, and the energy and balance she provides between the midfield and the back four.”
Everton will kick their 2021-22 WSL season off at home to Manchester City on weekend of 3-5 September with fans set to return, which Galli believes will be “so important” to Everton’s campaign and cannot wait to meet the club’s “awesome” supporters.