Hertha Berlin summer signing Salomon Kalou has revealed that Germany’s World Cup win was one of the reasons why he decided to move to Bundesliga.
The Ivory Coast international left Lille to join Hertha on transfer deadline day, and he is expected to be a very good addition to the squad at Olympiastadion.
And while Hertha boss Jos Luhukay admitted he was surprised to see the club recruit such a high-profile player, Kalou has made it clear that he was delighted to test his skills in Bundesliga.
“Everyone wants to play in the Bundesliga after the World Cup,” said Kalou to Bild. “I’m no different. I spoke with plenty of my international team-mates about Germany and they only had good things to say.
“Hertha play really great, attacking football and I love a challenge!”
Even if he has spent the majority of his career playing on the wing, Kalou is adamant he is primarily a centre forward and is looking forward to being used up front at Hertha.
“Centre forward’s my favourite position. I played out wide for Chelsea, but that’s because they had too many strikers.
“At the end of the day, though, I just want to help the team. I haven’t set myself any goals. The important thing is that the team’s successful.”
Salomon Kalou, 29, has spent two very successful years at Lille, making a total of 67 Ligue 1 appearances and scoring no less than 30 goals in the process.
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