Reading midfielder Daniel Carrico says he knew little about the club before hearing of their interest and signing with them.
The 24-year-old joined Reading in a 600,000-pound deal, leaving behind Sporting Lisbon in sunny Portugal to play in the English Premier League, following in the footsteps of fellow Portuguese stars Cristiano Ronaldo and Nani.
Carrico told reporters of his pleasure now he has signed for the club.
“When I knew Reading were interested in me, I looked on the internet about the town and the club,” he said.
“I had to see where Reading was and the first thing I noticed was that it’s close to London and Heathrow, which made me feel good.
“Now, I’m beginning to know the area and I like the atmosphere.
“One month ago, my agent told me of Reading’s interest and I wanted to move as soon as possible because I wanted to play in the Premier League.”
Carrico will be the first Portuguese player to wear a Reading shirt, and has vowed to show why the Reading bosses were right to sign him up.
“I can’t promise anything except that I will work hard to help this club stay in the Premier League,” he said.
“In Portugal, we have more possession, whereas here the football is more direct.
“I have to adapt and I can do that. I feel fit and good, so I feel I can play.”