New Borussia Mönchengladbach signing Jonas Hofmann is eagerly awaiting the Bundesliga restart after completing his first training session with the Foals.
The 23-year-old joined Gladbach from Borussia Dortmund last week and is quickly settling in at his new club. “I knew a couple of the guys already, which has made it easier,” said Hofmann on Tuesday. “I think I'm going to be very happy here.”
The midfielder also admitted that his decision had been partly informed by conversations with former Gladbach star Marco Reus, who moved in the opposite direction in 2012: “I spoke for a long time with Marco. He only had positive things to say about this club.”
Hofmann faces tough competition in a gifted Gladbach squad, but the Foals' current injury problems might see the former Dortmund player get an early chance to prove himself. With André Hahn out for at least another month and Patrick Hermann only just returning to full fitness, the versatile Hofmann provides some well needed support to Gladbach's front line.
“I'm really happy we've signed Jonas,” said Foals coach Andre Schubert on Tuesday. “He can play on the wing, in the centre or just behind the striker. He's exactly what we need.”
Yet Hofmann is determined not just to fill in for his injured team-mates. Having made only seven league appearances for Dortmund this season, the youngster is keen to make an early impression at Gladbach and stake his claim for a place in the starting line-up.
'It would be a dream to hurt Dortmund'
“I want to be a first team regular,” he told spox.com. “I want to really cement my place in this team so that at the end of the season I can say I am a fully fledged Bundesliga player.”
As fate would have it, Hofmann's first opportunity to prove himself will come against his former club on Matchday 18. And despite only recently switching allegiances, he insisted sentiment would play no part in the fixture at BORUSSIA-PARK on 23 January: “If I can hurt my old club in my very first game it would be a dream come true."