The style of football and the family spirit of the club were two of the main factors that convinced Pierre Lees-Melou to sign for Norwich City.
The 28-year-old Frenchman, who has played more than 150 games in Ligue 1 and competed in the Champions League and Europa League, spoke to Norwich City’s sporting director Stuart Webber and head coach Daniel Farke prior to joining the club and was enthused by what they told him.
“I spoke a lot with Stuart (Webber),” he said. “It was for 45 or 55 minutes on the visual, they presented to me on the club, the city, the training camp, and they spoke to me about the spirit of the club.
“I love that, it is a family spirit, and all the group is together and I like that. And with the coach we spoke about the philosophy of the play. Always with the ball, always passing. It is not kick and rush. So, I like that, as I am a player who plays football. So, when I talked with them I said ‘I want to come here’.”
“He (Daniel Farke) likes my style of play, and he says it is good for the team. So, I said: ‘I am okay to come, and I am very excited’, and now I am here so let’s go.”
Pierre says it has always been a dream of his to play in the Premier League and having looked around Carrow Road he is excited about the prospect of the season’s opening game against Liverpool on Saturday, August 14.
“I like it (the stadium),” he said. “It is my first time here. I like that the fans are very close to the pitch. I think it will make a very good atmosphere, so I want to play very quickly in this stadium.
“It is a good first match (against Liverpool), but we prepare for the game in the beginning.
“I am very excited because for me it is the best league in the world. It is very attractive and when I start to play soccer professionally, I say in my head that I want to play in the Premier League and this time is coming, it is now.”
Pierre says first he must work hard in pre-season though and he is keen for some game time so he can get used to the tempo of the matches and how is teammates play.
“For me I want to play a lot of games because I need the adaptation for the team,” he said. “To learn how they play and how they want me to play to. I think for the adaptation of the intensity, it is not the same as in France so it is good that I come now to have a time for adaptation so I can be ready for Liverpool and the other games.”