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Juan Is Overwhelmed

Striker Juan Agudelo

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17:23 22nd January 2014

Agudelo grateful for Stoke City's persistence and support

JUAN AGUDELO says he has been overwhelmed by the support shown by Stoke City and Mark Hughes after they refused to give up on his signature.

The United States international's proposed move to the Club had seemed to have been crushed following the surprise rejection of his work permit application in November but the Potters have pressed ahead with a deal to sign the striker.

Agudelo completed a move to the Britannia Stadium yesterday after becoming a free agent following the expiration of his contract with New England Revolution and has been blown away by the desire to get him in through the door.

"Stoke have shown so much support for me," Juan told Stoke City Player.

"They've worked so hard and gone out of their way to get me in, and I am going to try my best to repay the favour.

"The amount of belief that they have in me has been unbelievable so I would love to be with a club like that.

"I wanted to go with a manager who believed in my style of play and I heard that he has enjoyed seeing me play since I was 17 so that means a lot.

"It's been a little bit frustrating but hopefully I can get a few more people on my side with The FA and the work permit issues."

The 21-year-old striker's first action as a Stoke player was to leave the Club, with a six-month loan spell with Dutch outfit FC Utrecht being agreed to help him remain match sharp and acclimatise to European football.

"I've definitely had to take a different route but it's getting there!" he smiled.

"I'm looking to get games in Europe as it's been a dream of mine since I was little.

"Of course I would love to play in the Premier League but anywhere in Europe is quality and I am going to test myself and see how I do there.

"It's been a pretty crazy rollercoaster ride but I'm happy to be here and I'm excited actually to get going in this next six months and improve myself."

Whilst a possible Potters debut remains months away, he has already been to see numerous first team games at the Britannia Stadium and is itching to get out onto the pitch.

"It's been amazing to watch and the game that I really remember was the 3-2 win against Chelsea," he added.

"The amount of support that Stoke fans gave their players was unbelievable and I would love to be a part of that."

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