Wolfsburg - New VfL Wolfsburg signing Xizhe Zhang can't wait to get started as a Bundesliga player after being officially presented as a Wolves player on Tuesday morning.
'China can be proud'
The 23-year-old becomes the 11th player from China to join a professional club in Germany after signing a contract until the summer of 2017.
"Today is a special day for me," he told the assembled press at his unveiling at the Volkswagen Arena. "It's a big honour for me to play for such a big club like Wolfsburg. This is one of the top clubs in Germany and the Bundesliga is one of the best leagues in the world. It's a huge challenge for me but I'll give it my absolute best to make sure China can be proud of me."
The Wolves had originally confirmed Zhang's arrival last Saturday, with the player in attendance at the 1-1 home draw against SC Paderborn on Matchday 15. On Monday, sporting director Klaus Allofs was delighted to have tied up all the loose ends, saying: "We're delighted to be able to welcome Xizhe Zhang to VfL Wolfsburg in January. He is a young player who's already proven in China that he has the potential to make the leap to the Bundesliga. We will build him up step by step and give him all the time he needs."
Zhang made 115 appearances for Beijing Guoan, scoring 24 goals, and has also scored twice for China in ten international appearances. He has been given the squad number 29 and will officially join up with the rest of the squad when the transfer window reopens in January.
Here's more on Wolfsburg new recruit, courtesy of the official Bundesliga YouTube channel: