Everton signing Lucas Digne reveals he rejected Liverpool twice as he explains ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’ tattoo

LUCAS DIGNE has dismissed claims his tattoo makes him a Liverpool fan – saying he has twice turned down the chance to join the club.

Digne has joined Everton from Barcelona this week in an £18million deal as boss Marco Silva begins to make his mark on the squad at Goodison Park.

 Lucas Digne claims he snubbed the chance to join Liverpool on two occasions

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Lucas Digne claims he snubbed the chance to join Liverpool on two occasions

But it was then revealed the 25-year-old has Never Walk Alone tattooed across his chest, sparking claims he was a fan of Everton's local rivals.

Yet French international Digne has poured scorn on this claims, insisting the inking is nothing more than a tribute to a gift he received from his parents as a child.

He said: "My tattoo has a story but it's not about football.

"When I was three or four years old, I went for my first day at school and my parents gave me a necklace with these words.

 Lucas Digne has 'Never Walk Alone' tattooed across his chest, but he says there is no way he is a Liverpool fan

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Lucas Digne has 'Never Walk Alone' tattooed across his chest, but he says there is no way he is a Liverpool fan

Everton sign defender Lucas Digne from Barcelona

"Maybe Liverpool fans are so angry against me because I said two times no to Liverpool. I'm blue."

Digne won a host of trophies with Barca, and Paris St Germain before that, but was not central to either side and has made no secret of his desire to be first choice at Goodison Park.

To do that, he will have to secure his position at left-back ahead of Leighton Baines, who has made more than 400 appearances for Everton since joining the club from Wigan in 2007.

Digne said: "I know him and everybody I think knows him. We speak together, he's a very good guy, he said to me 'welcome' and he's so friendly.

"I think the competition is very good for the team.

"If in every position you have very good players it's hard for the coach. I want to play every game. I'm young and I need to progress."

Baines was sidelined by injury for more than three months last season, which exposed Everton's lack of cover at left-back, with Cuco Martina forced to play out of position.

After speaking to Everton boss Silva and director of football Marcel Brands, Digne was left in no doubt this was the move he should make.

He said: "Everton showed a lot of interest about me during two months and when I spoke with Marcel or the coach, I said, 'yes it's a very good project and I want to be part of this'. For me it's perfect.

 Digne has linked up with his new Everton team-mates and now wants the chance to shine in the Premier League

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Digne has linked up with his new Everton team-mates and now wants the chance to shine in the Premier League

"It's the best league in the world and I want to play here. It's an exciting challenge. I think everybody wants to be better than the last year. We want to be part of the top six."

Everton midfield duo Morgan Schneiderlin and Idrissa Gueye also played a part in encouraging Digne to come to Merseyside, while he is excited about linking up with fellow summer signing Richarlison.

He added: "I saw a few games when he played for Watford and I said, 'Oh this guy is crazy',"

"He plays very well, he's so young, he has a lot of quality, he's very technical. I think we can do very good things together."

LUCAS DIGNE has dismissed claims his tattoo makes him a Liverpool fan – saying he has twice turned down the chance to join the club.