City new boy speaks for the first time following big money move...
KEVIN WIMMER says he had no hesitation in swapping North London for North Staffordshire after joining the Potters from Tottenham Hotspur on Tuesday morning.
The highly-regarded Austrian international penned a five-year deal at the bet365 Stadium after the Club agreed an £18M deal with Spurs over the weekend.
The 24-year-old has been linked with a plethora of clubs in the Premier League, and on the continent, this summer, but admits his heart was set on Stoke from the moment he spoke to Mark Hughes.
Speaking exclusively to Stoke City+ he said: “I had some really good conversations with the manager, Mark Hughes, and they were important for me.
“He is a very good manager and I like the way he approaches the game, his style of play suits the way I like to play too - he likes his defenders to be able to play out with the ball.
“First and foremost I am here to help defend, but I am confident with the ball at my feet and I like to get the ball forward with accurate passes through the middle or up to the guys at the top end of the field."
“I am just so happy to be at Stoke now because I really wanted to come here, to a Club with such big tradition, so I feel really good and am very excited about meeting up with everybody and getting ready for the matches ahead.”
Whilst the central defender admits he will be looking to immediately establish himself as a first-team regular within Hughes’ three-man backline, he acknowledges the size of the challenge facing him.
“At every top Premier League football club there are groups of players in every position chasing those starting spots, and that is the case here, I know I will have to work hard and keep on improving to be successful,” he added.
“There are players of real quality here in every position, and for me that is good, it helps generate good competition for places and drives us on to hopefully progress even further.
“We have a good talented group of young players here, some very big names too, so it is an exciting time to be part of this Club, I can’t wait to get going now.”
Make sure you log-in to Stoke City+ later today to hear the full interview with the Austrian international.