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Hegeler Excited To Tackle English Football

Jens Hegeler says he’s ready to get stuck into the English game after making his move from Hertha Berlin to City.

The 28-year-old midfielder has put pen to paper on a two-and-a-half-year deal in BS3 to complete an undisclosed fee switch.

Hegeler’s career to date has been spent exclusively in Germany, but he says it’s always been a dream to play in England.

Saloman Kalou, a Premier League winner at Chelsea, played with Hegeler in Berlin, and even recommended to move to these shores.

“It was always a dream to come and play in England,” Hegeler told Bristol City Player HD. “I was very glad when I found out the club was watching me.

“I visited Bristol a week ago to have a look around at the city, the club and the stadium. I’m delighted we’ve got the deal done now.

“It’s a great stadium and I’m looking forward to playing in it for the first time.

“I’ve seen a few Championship matches. Not all of them are shown on German TV, but I have former team-mates who play in the league so I’ve caught up with their games from time to time.

“Saloman Kalou was a team-mate of mine at Berlin and he said that the English game is great and I should come and play here."

He added: “It’s an intense game in England. I’ve played for many years in the Bundesliga and I wanted to see something new.

“I’ve never played in the Championship but hopefully I can adapt quickly to the style of football and give my best for the team.

“I feel fit and ready to play and I can’t wait to get going.”

The 6ft 4in midfielder, who can also operate in central defence, added: “I’m fast, even if it doesn’t appear that way because I’m tall! I’m experienced, playing many games in the Bundesliga.

“I like to get on the ball and play good football. Hopefully I can bring this to the team at Bristol City and show it to the fans.

“I’m optimistic about turning the recent run around. The team is creating chances and scoring goals.

“The quality of the team is good here, with a number of young players with big potential. We need to work as a team to improve fast.”