The American footballer joined the Blues on January 2010, but he only played 13 matches before returning to LA Galaxy.
In January 2010 American footballer Landon Donovan joined Everton in the English Premier League.
But his loan was very short, and after only 13 matches he returned to LA Galaxy in the Major League Soccer (MLS).
“Before I signed, the Galaxy by no means had to let me go to Everton – it was their discretion,” he was quoted by The Liverpool Echo.
“I was under contract there so I asked them if they would allow me to go on loan for three months.”
“They said the only way they would allow it is if I gave my word that I was definitely coming back,” he added.
“In football, you never know, things change all the time, but I’m a man of my word and I like to honor that.”
He explained: “The week of that final game Moyes brought me and said he knew the understanding, that I was meant to go back, but he had to ask if I wanted to stay.”
“Everton would happily make it work if I still wanted to be there.”
“It was really hard for me because of course, I wanted to stay,” he continued.
“How could I not want to stay? It was some of the best times of my life as a football player.”
“I told him I would sit with it and I needed to think about it, but in the end, I had to be true to my word and I just didn’t think it was fair,” he said.
“I think if I really pushed it, the Galaxy would have made it work. But I felt it was the right thing to do to go back.”