Max Meyer has revealed why he decided to join Crystal Palace this summer.
The midfielder was a free agent after leaving Schalke and has in the past been linked with some of the top clubs around Europe.
But he is quoted by the Evening Standard as saying: “I first heard of Palace’s interest in late July, so it was only a couple of weeks later that I signed.
“The main difference between Palace and the other clubs interested was that Dougie [Freedman] and Iain [Moody] went out to Germany to visit me, and then I came to London to meet the manager.
“I already knew that it was a great club and city, but I got the feeling that Palace were making a real effort to push the deal over the line.”
Meyer made his club debut off the bench against Liverpool on Monday having been slightly behind his new Palace team-mates in terms of fitness.
But the midfielder has worked hard throughout the pre-season period, employing a personal trainer to make sure he can get as close to match fitness as possible.
“I’ve already noticed the differences between the Bundesliga and the Premier League, especially how intense and quick it is over here, so I’m very excited to get going,” Meyer told the Palace website.
“During pre-season I had a personal trainer to keep me ticking over when I wasn’t training with Schalke, but now I’m training again with the Palace squad it feels like I’m progressing,
“Being unable to train with Schalke from May until July was a difficult period for me. On the whole it was a great experience until I didn’t sign my second contract extension.
“I loved my time there but I wanted to leave. It wasn’t the way I wished things had gone, but as far as I’m concerned the past is the past.”