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Record Breaker Giannelli's Joy

Giannelli Imbula signs for Stoke City

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23:30 1st February 2016

Midfielder excited about his move to the Premier League

GIANNELLI IMBULA has told of his delight at becoming the Club's record signing.

The former French Under-21 international is the talk of the Premier League after securing an £18.3million move from Porto.

Imbula completed the formalities of his move shortly before the 11pm deadline as he signed a five-and-a-half-year contract.

And he told us: "I'm really pleased to have become a Stoke City player – it's a very exciting moment for me in my career.

"Everyone talks about the Premier League. It’s the biggest championship in the world and I really hope to be part of it very soon.

"It's really important the fact Mark Hughes has shown a desire to sign me. I will give my best for him and the Club.

"The last months I've spent in Porto have been difficult; I really hope everything will be fine here.

"It was important that the coach wanted me. I watched many Stoke City games and I've really appreciated the way they play football.

"Stoke is a top 10 club, I've watched a lot of the games and I know most of the players."

Imbula did not sign in time to be considered for tomorrow's Premier League game against Manchester United at Old Trafford but is likely to be in line for a debut in Saturday's home clash with Everton.

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