Kevin Volland could certainly be forgiven for thinking that his first training session with Bayer 04 Leverkusen has been long overdue.
The Germany international signed for the Rhineland club less than a week after the final matchday of the 2015/16 season, and he admits he “couldn’t wait to get going again and get back on the pitch”.
Yet donning the Leverkusen colours has actually come much later than planned for Volland, as he revealed to bayer04.de. “[The move] almost happened last season but I opted to stay at Hoffenheim,” he said. “In the end it was all sorted this year. The discussions with [sporting director] Rudi Völler and the coach were brilliant and I felt at home here from the very first minute.”
So what does the 23-year-old make of his new surroundings and the welcome he has been given? “Brilliant. I had a really good feeling when I signed and there’s a great atmosphere here. The club is really well organised, everybody in the squad is friendly and there are a couple of cool lads amongst them. That’s made it very easy to fit in.”