New Eintracht Frankfurt signing Marco Fabian says he is settling in well at the club and is looking forward to "writing his own story" in the Bundesliga over the coming months.
Frankfurt had a patchy first half of the season and went into the winter break in 14th place, just two points above the relegation zone. Nevertheless, there is a mood of optimism at the club's training camp in Abu Dhabi, especially after head coach Armin Veh brought in a number of promising new signings - including Fabian.
Speaking to the Eagles' YouTube channel, the 26-year-old also expressed his gratitude to team-mates and fans alike for the support he has received so far, as well as voicing a desire to emulate the success of the Bundesliga's other Mexican, Javier 'Chicharito' Hernandez.
Marco Fabian on...
…adapting to life at Eintracht Frankfurt:
“My team-mates have given me a lot of support, they’ve been very good to me. The training sessions have been tough, but in the team David Abraham has helped me a great deal to communicate with everyone else, and that’s been really useful.”
… his first training sessions with the team in Abu Dhabi:
“Training here has been very different but very good. Running and being physically fit will help us do well in the Bundesliga.”
…going into the second half of the season:
“We know there are a lot of challenges ahead. We also know it’ll be a good opportunity for all of us in the team and we want to pick up as many points as possible. The responsibility of wearing the No.10 shirt isn’t really pressure, but it’s something important for me to be able to help my team-mates and do my best for the side.”
…the impact of compatriot 'Chicharito' in the Bundesliga:
"I know Chicharito is making his mark on the Bundesliga. He’s a great friend of mine and I’m very happy for him. Now I’m going to try to follow in his footsteps with my team and write my own story and have my own successes. I’m happy because he’s a great friend."
…the support of his fans:
“I’ve received a lot of messages on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram from fans of the team. They’ve helped me a lot. The messages have been supportive and motivating. At Frankfurt the fans are very involved in the team and I’m very grateful to everyone. I’ll try to play well on the pitch to make them happy; I’ll try to score and provide assists so that we can win, which is the most important thing.”
"Today I played in my first friendly match against Alahli FC. We won 5-1. On Tuesday we're playing Borussia Dortmund - and will give it everything we've got!"