New signing speaks after making a 'dream' move to the Premier League...
ERIC MAXIM CHOUPO-MOTING says the lure of Premier League football proved too big a temptation to resist after joining the Potters on Monday evening.
The highly-regarded forward has penned a three-year deal at the bet365 Stadium, after opting to bid farewell to the German Bundesliga for the first time in his career.
The 28-year-old was widely-regarded as one of European football's most sought after free agents this summer having made a major impact in Germany over the past six years with FSV Mainz 05 and more recently Schalke 04.
Speaking exclusively to Stoke City+ shortly after completing the formalities of his switch he revealed that despite interest from elsewhere, his heart was always set on a move to England.
“I am just so happy to join the Stoke City family and have this opportunity to play in the English Premier League for the first time,” he said.
“It has always been a goal of mine to one day come over to England and play here, and I was able to make good contact with the Club here and am just so happy that the deal is done."
“I think the Premier league is the most viewed Championship in the world and I am sure that every player in the world would one day like to come here.
“The Bundesliga is a great competition too, but the Premier League is really special and I can’t wait to play against all of those teams as a Stoke City player.”
Choupo-Moting admits that there were serious discussions held with his family and friends prior to pledging his future to the Potters, but says the overwhelming feeling during those talks were of genuine excitement.
“There were many things to consider of course, the biggest being my family,” the Cameroon international added.
“I have a son who is just three and a half so that was a big consideration, as was the fact that I am from Germany and would be leaving home for the first time and so would my wife, who is German too.
“This is a new big step for us all, there will be big changes for us including getting used to the culture and the language, but after speaking about things we all felt that this was the right thing to do - we are very excited to be here.”
Choupo-Moting will link-up with his new teammates for the first time at Clayton Wood on Tuesday morning as manager Mark Hughes continues to fine-tune his preparations for this weekend’s 2017/18 Premier league curtain-raiser against Everton.