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Mame's Delight At English Return

Mame Biram Diouf

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19:00 11th June 2014

Diouf ready to prove himself in Premier League

MAME BIRAM DIOUF insists he has unfinished business in the Premier League after agreeing to join Stoke City.

The Senegalese international striker, who will join the Potters on July 1 when his contract with Hannover 96 expires, had a spell with Manchester United earlier in his career but struggled to make an impact at Old Trafford.

The 26-year-old scored just once in five league appearances during his time at Old Trafford but has reignited his career in Germany with an impressive 25 goals in 57 Bundesliga outings.

He had been top of City's wanted list for a year but, after missing out on him last summer and again during the January transfer window, they have finally got their man ... and Diouf is relishing the prospect of making his mark in the top-flight of English football.

"This is a chance for me to prove myself in the Premier League," he revealed in an exclusive interview with Stoke City Player.

"When I was at Manchester United I didn't get the chance to play many games and went on loan to Blackburn. It didn't go as well as I wanted and I opted for a new experience in Germany.

"I've had two-and-a-half years with Hannover but I feel the time is right to come back to England and hopefully play a lot of games and do well for Stoke City."

Diouf has joined Phil Bardsley, Steve Sidwell and Dionatan Teixeira in checking-in at the Britannia Stadium this summer as the Potters look to build on their first ever top 10 finish in the Premier League.

Ironically, he will find himself heading back to Germany next month as City undertake a 12-day training camp in the district of Traunstein, during which time they will face three matches against VFL Borussia Monchengladbach, TSV 1860 Munchen and FC Schalke 04.

Diouf added: "I'm very happy to be a Stoke City player because I'm joining a great club. From the moment I walked through the door everyone was very welcoming and made me feel wanted.

"I've come here to try and improve my game, get better as a player and try to be a success. It's an exciting challenge for me.

"I can tell the fans of Stoke City I will always try and do my best and look to help the team improve and move forward. I'm looking forward to the start of pre-season and getting to know my new team-mates."

Watch the exclusive interview with Mame on Stoke City Player HERE.

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