sport news Europa League final defeat still painful for Davy Klaassen

Everton midfielder Davy Klaassen admits he does not want to speak to Wayne Rooney about last season's Europa League final, the memory of which the Dutchman still finds painful.

Klaassen was the captain of the Ajax side beaten 2-0 by in the match in Stockholm, which saw Rooney come off the bench to make his last Red Devils appearance.

The pair are now Everton teammates and set to feature in the Toffees' Europa League Group E opener against Atalanta in Reggio Emilia on Thursday evening.

Davy Klaassen said memories of last season's Europa League final defeat remain raw

Davy Klaassen said memories of last season's Europa League final defeat remain raw

Klaassen is now preparing to play for Everton in another Europa League campaign

Klaassen is now preparing to play for Everton in another Europa League campaign

When Klaassen was asked ahead of the contest if he had spoken to Rooney about last term's final, the 24-year-old said: 'I didn't really talk about it, because I don't want to talk about the final.'

He was then asked if that defeat had made him even hungrier for success, and said: 'I don't think I needed to lose in the final to be hungry - I think you always have to be hungry.

'Of course, I still feel the pain from last year's final.

'But we want to go as far as possible this season, and last season doesn't count anymore.

'We all start at zero, Thursday is the first (group) game and I think it's important to start the group stage with a win because that gives you confidence.'

Klaassen was part of the Ajax team that were beaten 2-0 by Manchester United in the final

Klaassen was part of the Ajax team that were beaten 2-0 by in the final

As Ajax captain, Klaassen had played a leading role in their run to the Stockholm final

As Ajax captain, Klaassen had played a leading role in their run to the

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