VfL Borussia Mönchengladbach have completed the signing of SC Freiburg winger Vincenzo Grifo, a move he describes as a 'dream come true'.
Grifo, whose contribution from the left flank was one of the main reasons for the newly-promoted club's remarkable seventh-placed finish, was snapped up for €6 million by their Bundesliga rivals.
The 24-year old raised eyebrows throughout the season for the Brazilians of Breisgau, scoring nine goals and providing 13 assists across all competitions.
Grifo has now spoken in glowing terms of his new club and highlighted the ease with which he has slotted into their pre-season training program.
"It's been five days but it already feels like I've been here a lot longer," he told the official Bundesliga website.
"That's down to the fact that everybody's given me a really warm welcome and has helped me. And I don't think I'll upset anyone by saying that everything's a bit bigger here than it is in Freiburg: the stadium, the changing rooms and the media presence at training over the first few days.
"I dreamed about playing for a big club like this ever since I was a little boy. And now it's come true."
Speaking about his decision to join a club that will not be competing in Europe over remaining at his former employers who will be featuring in the qualification stages of the Europa League, Grifo indicated that the move was necessary to advance his career.
"I've never played in Europe and I won't deny that it's an ambition of mine to play in European competition one day," he added.
"But even though we won't be there this season, in recent years Gladbach have shown what they're capable of and everyone here knows they can do better than last season.
"We'll do everything we can to qualify for Europe this term. My decision to join Gladbach was primarily down to me wanting to take the next big step in my career."