Eintracht Frankfurt new signing Marco Fabian revealed childhood friend Javier ‘Chicharito’ Hernandez gave him advice about life in the Bundesliga ahead of his January move to Germany from Mexican top-flight side Chivas Guadalajara.
"We talk a lot and he’s doing well," said Fabian of his Mexico international team-mate upon his unveiling as a Frankfurt player on Sunday. "He’s told me a lot about the Bundesliga and about how hard you have to work. I’m looking forward to playing against him!"
Fabian and his new Frankfurt team-mates meet high-flying 'Chicharito' and Bayer 04 Leverkusen at the BayArena on Matchday 30, but before that, the Eagles, currently sitting 14th, have plenty of work to do in the battle against relegation.
'My experience in the stadium was fantastic'
"I’m ready to help the team fight against the drop. I’ve come to help us climb the table," said Fabian, whose first experience of his new Commerzbank Arena home came during Armin Veh’s side’s 2-1 win over SV Werder Bremen on Matchday 17. "I’ve watched Frankfurt’s recent games and my experience in the stadium was fantastic. It’s quite different to Mexico and playing well to impress the fans is a major motivation for me. It really impressed me how united everyone was and how well the team battled."
Fabian’s all-action style, which has thus far brought 27 appearances and six goals for the Mexico national team, is likely to play a key role in his side’s attempts to avoid the drop. "I like to play through the middle, behind the striker," said Fabian. "I shoot well from distance but I also like to play passes and set up goals. Regardless though, I’ll try my best wherever the coach plays me. He gave me a lot of confidence and trusted in me, so I didn’t have to think twice about coming here.
"I’m in a good physical state I’ve been training for the last four weeks and so I’m well-prepared for what’s to come. I’m a more mature, more disciplined Marco Fabian, who wants to work hard and settle in quickly."
Lure of the Bundesliga
The transition will undoubtedly be smoothed by the presence of Chicharito an hour-and-a-half up the Autobahn, and Fabian admitted that the lure of the Bundesliga, which is becoming ever more popular in his homeland, played no small part in his decision to leave his boyhood club Chivas Guadalajara.
"In Mexico lots of people know the Bundesliga," Fabian concluded. "It’s one of the best leagues in the world. I’m delighted to be here. It’s the highlight of my career."