Midfielder on Frank Lampard's influence as he opts for Derby County over Sunderland
George Evans has admitted that the influence of Frank Lampard was crucial after sealing his move to Derby County.
Sunderland had agreed a fee and personal terms with the former Reading midfielder before he stalled on the deal.
The Rams firmed up their interest and sealed a deal for the 23-year-old.
The Black Cats quickly moved on and sealed the highly-rated Luke O'Nien ahead of Saturday's league opener against Charlton Athletic.
Evans said: "I was in and around the first team [at Man City] at the time and he [Lampard] helped me a lot. As a young player, you just sit back and listen to players like that. It was a big learning curve for me working with whilst I was there.
“It was a no-brainer. The opportunity to work under the manager was important, as was the size of the club.
“This is a big football club, and this is a good opportunity for me. When I heard of the interest here, it was something that I just wanted to go for.
“I’m absolutely delighted to be here. This is a massive club and a great opportunity for me to come in and work for this manager.
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“I can’t wait to get started. This is a big moment for me and I am very happy.
"He wants me to bring energy,”
"I have seen some of the results that they have got so far this pre-season – there have been some really good results – and it looks as though the lads have had a great pre-season.
“It’s up to me to come in and show what I can do. I want to get on the ball, keep playing, and show my energy.”
Frank Lampard added: "George is a very good player and arrives here at a good age as well.
“I worked with him when I was at Manchester City - he was training with the first-team regularly at the time - and he impressed me with the way he played, as well as with his attitude. George has fantastic attributes and will of benefit to us both on and off the pitch.
“We need the correct balance in the team and have been fortunate to bring in some exciting attack-minded players this summer, but George will give us security in terms of his defensive nature. He’s very comfortable on the ball and can move it quickly, which is something that we are looking for.”