Williams on why he left Swansea.

Wales defender Ashley Williams has revealed why he decided to leave Swansea for Everton in the summer.

The 32-year-old, who spent eight years with the Swans, will be part of Ronald Koeman's side that will face the Welsh club for the first time this weekend at Goodison Park.

“I always said I didn’t want to leave, and I didn’t,” he told Wales Online. “When it all came about there was a lot of stuff going on behind the scenes but, more than anything, it was just time.

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"There’d been interest before but I’d never felt the need or want to really go but this time I needed to take myself out of the comfort zone I’d had at the same club for eight years.

“People have their opinions, you read and hear of stuff, but the truth was I needed something new: new ideas, a new building to go to work, new scenery, a new challenge.

"Take the emotion of football out of it, and I’m sure other people have been in a similar situation where they need to just try something different – and this time that was me.”

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