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USA international Donovan returns to Everton a better player

Landon Donovan has returned for a loan spell at Everton believing he is a better player than his first shift in early 2010. The United States international has returned for a second two-month spell.

"I am really excited to get back here and play," the 29 year old said.

"Since being here first time I've played in a World Cup and had another couple of years' experience so I feel more prepared this time.

"I know exactly what I am getting into and exactly what is expected of me and hopefully I can fit in.

"Sometimes I think life is about expectations. Last time there was zero expectations so I can only make up from that.

"I understand there is some level of pressure and expectation but all footballers deal with that.

"I don't worry about that, I want to enjoy my two months here and the way I play I think I can help the team."

The Los Angeles Galaxy skipper admitted if he could have come back 12 months ago he would have but after playing at the World Cup in South Africa he felt he needed to use the MLS off-season to recuperate.

"Last year the manager spoke to my agent and asked if I wanted to come back and I really did but my body was pretty beat up and I didn't think it was the right thing to do," he added.

"It was whether it made sense. The last thing you want to do is go somewhere when you are not healthy and fit because it doesn't help you or the team.

"It was difficult to say no but back then I always hoped I'd get another chance and fortunately this year I was able to do it.

"I want to come in and help and you never know what happens but I want to come in and do my job."

The American had his first training session on Friday and feels he will easily slot straight back in.

"To be honest in 2010 when I got here everyone was nice and excited to have me here and I felt like I was home, everyone felt like family," he said.

"It is an easy place to come to. The word that comes to mind is family.

"You walk around the place and everyone is friendly and are excited to be a part of this club.

"It is infectious and it is hard not to fall into that."

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