Lukas Rupp cannot wait to fulfil a lifelong dream of playing in the Premier League this season.
The 29-year-old midfielder joined Norwich City on a two-and-a-half-year deal on Monday from Bundesliga side 1899 Hoffenheim.
Having played all of his career in his native Germany, Rupp is excited about a new challenge in a new environment.
Speaking exclusively to canaries.co.uk, Rupp said: “It’s a childhood dream. I was in the Bundesliga for ten years now and it’s a new chapter for me. I wanted to be part of the team here and help the team stay in the Premier League.
“Every week, you play against one of the top teams. It’s not the same in Germany, you have three or four maybe but here, you have seven or eight top teams.
“It’s brilliant and I cannot wait to play against the best teams. I normally play in the centre, in the six, eight or ten position. I can play as a winger as well but mainly more in the centre.
“I’m looking forward to training with the guys. Saturday is an important game and maybe I will be involved but you have to ask the coach.”
Rupp says he already knows Mario Vrancic and Marco Stiepermann from previous encounters back in Germany. He played with Vrancic at Paderborn and Stiepermann with the Germany youth teams.
He is also familiar with City head coach Daniel Farke and is excited at the prospect of working with him.
“He [Farke] said it’s a young team here with a lot of quality,” continued Rupp.
“He knows me from Germany and he saw my way and he likes my style. He wanted me to join and it’s a good opportunity for me.”