PREMIER - Watford newcomer Nkoulou: "This is the place to be"
Introducing himself to media and Watford supporters, 31-year old prominent Cameroonian centre-back Nicolas Nkoulou, just signed by Hornets as a free agent, who spent last four seasons playing for Serie A side Torino, stated:
“I’m very happy to be here. Not long ago I got a call from the director who told me they were interested in signing me and for me to represent the club. I didn’t have to think twice because I had a look at the players and the squad. The fact they [Watford] have also signed an experienced manager, who can make me improve so much, made the decision even easier.
This is the perfect place to start again. After I left Italy I came here to the Premier League - the best league in the world. I didn’t really have too much time to think, but I didn’t need it. When you play at the top level in leagues such as the Italian and French top divisions, arriving in the Premier League can be an objective of yours. During my time here I will try my best.
I’m very excited and very happy because he is one of the top names in football when we talk about coaches. I’m very happy to finally have the opportunity to work with him. He is the perfect person to help me continue my development and become the player that I should become.
I had a lot of fun during my first training session, especially because it has been a while since I’ve kicked a ball. It’s similar to the way we work in Italy with a lot of tactics on the pitch with the manager. We’ve been working on the tactical side of the game, but the training was really fun.
There are a few players I know, among my teammates, players like Moussa Sissoko. I knew him since he started back in France, but generally I think we have such a good squad to be able to perform well in this league. We had a few players in the Cameroon national team, like Benoît Assou-Ekotto and Alex Song, but I didn’t need to talk to them about the Premier League. Everyone knows the level of this league. Everyone knows this is the best in the world, this is the best place I can be.
I came to the Premier League for huge matches. Top teams are at this level, but I can’t foresee when my debut will come. We have staff here that will make the decisions, but I will be ready. I’m very happy and excited to play for them [the fans], especially because the fans are the core of football and this football club. I can’t wait to play for them and I know they will back the team from the first minute to the last because with them we can do better”.