Date:Friday June 29 2012
It's been the worst kept secret in Merseyside for the past month.
Although in all honesty it probably was never meant to be a surprise but the financial talks delayed it's confirmation.
But now everything has been signed a sealed and Everton will be wasting their time on yet another commercial based tour to play some meaningless and pointless friendlies that do nothing to help our Premier League season preparations, but admittedly do help boost the cash flow.
As confirmed by Marouane Fellaini's appearance in Jakarta on Tuesday, Everton will play Turkish club Galatasaray and the national sides of Malayasia and Indonesia over a four days (July 26-29).
'I am very happy to be here in Indonesia and it`s great to be playing in a tournament against Galatasaray, Malaysia and Indonesia. Fellaini told evertonfc.com
He added: 'It is important we are all prepared for the start of the Premier League season against Manchester United on the opening day. For that you need high level games and hopefully this tournament will provide them.'
Somewhat wishful thinking there from the Belgian International, lets not try and dress this up as anything other than a commercial exercise due to the lucrative Asian market.
That's what these tours have always been about from the Thailand trip to keeping main sponsors Chang happy, in todays world of football these things are something we have to do, but lets be honest about it!
Thankfully we do have some other games during pre-season which will better help our preparations.
They include a tour of the North of England and Scotland to play Blackpool, Morecambe, Dundee United and Motherwell as well as European encounters at Goodison Park against AEK Athens (also Tony Hibbert`s testimonial) and Malaga.
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Date:Friday June 29 2012
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