New Norwich City defender Marcel Franke says a switch to English football represents a ‘dream move’ for him.
The Canaries completed the centre-back’s signing from Bundesliga II side Greuther Fürth on Friday, with the 24-year-old agreeing an initial three-year deal.
"England is always an option, always a dream, for a German player and especially for a defender," Franke told Norwich City TV.
"Norwich is a big club in England with a great stadium and amazing supporters. I know they have played four of the last six years in the Premier League, so they are known in Germany.
"I had conversations with the coach and he convinced me it was the right club. As a defender, you like to defend hard and tackle but I’m a defender who wants to play football.
"I want to make many passes and have the ball on the ground. It suits the Head Coach’s style of playing football and I hope we can be successful this season."
Franke is set for a swift return to his homeland, with City poised to fly to Germany for a week-long tour from Sunday after taking on Cambridge United this weekend.
"Going back to Germany in a few days will be good for me as a German player," he added.
"It’s important to integrate into the team really fast. I’m looking forward to the first training sessions and the first games.
"I want to stand on the pitch and play as much as I can. I want to stay healthy, learn the language and help the team to reach our goals.
"I’ve heard the stadium is always full, which every football player wants. I’m looking forward to being on the pitch in front of the supporters."