After completing a move to Manchester City as Pep Guardiola's first signing, Ilkay Gundogan revealed what he hopes to achieve in the Premier League.
Despite being ruled out until September due to a dislocated knee cap, the former Bayern Munich boss has sanctioned the signing of the Germany international – a move that could prove to be a gamble.
In 2013, Gundogan suffered a serious back injury that ruled him out for a year and after returning it took the former Nurnberg midfielder some time to finally get back to his best – but he dismissed that his current injury will affect him next season.
"I had a dislocated patella. It happened in training but it's not as bad as it sounds," he said upon signing for City. "A ligament was also stretched and so they operated on it.
"Now I need to rest and then I hope that at the end of August or start of September I'll be back on the field and starting a new chapter.
"We have to look from week-to-week to see how it goes but everyone says I'm in good condition and better than expected so I'm satisfied with how it is in this moment. I hope that it recovers fast so that I can play as quickly as possible for Manchester City.
"Although I have this injury everyone was sure they wanted to sign me and they called me directly to ask what had happened. This was a great feeling for me. Now I want to give something back with the way I play football."
His style of play is exactly what Pep wants from his midfielders – fluent dynamic runs on and off the ball, excellent passing range and a plethora of skills that allows him to beat his marker with consummate ease.
"I like to have the ball and play beautiful football. That's what the people want to see and what makes football so special. I have come here to win and to play the beautiful game.
"I see myself as a mix between number six and number eight in central midfield – this is the best position for me, as a box-to-box midfielder. I love to create chances and to play the perfect pass so that my team-mates can create an assist or score on their own.
The Germany international went on to admit that the lure of working with Guardiola in the Premier League was an opportunity he simply could not refuse and could not contain his excitement of taking his game to the next level with 'one of the best teams in the league'.
"I am looking forward to playing for Pep an incredible amount. He is one of the greatest coaches of all time. What he did at Barcelona and also at Bayern Munich is amazing.
"He has won so many titles and that is something very special. I think every player and everyone who loves football wants to play under him so I am really happy to work with him and to have this chance.
"It's [playing in England] a challenge, it's something new that will start now in my life. It will be fantastic to play for City. It is a fantastic team with fantastic players and I want to learn from them. Of course I will show what I can do and I hope the fans will like it.
"I have to thank Pep Guardiola who I spoke to a lot about this move and also Ferran Soriano and Txiki Begiristain who I had intense conversations with.
"From the first moment I was sure it was the right thing for me. To play in the Premier League and to play for one of the best teams in the Premier League is a big challenge. I am very happy to join the Manchester City family."