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Birmingham's De Ridder: Dutch Premiership players helping me

Birmingham City signing Daniel De Ridder admits the Dutch contingent in the Premiership is helping him settle in England.

Arsenal's Robin Van Persie, Liverpool's Ryan Babel and Blackburn Rovers' Maceo Rigters are just some of the young Dutch stars who will make de Ridder fell at home.

And the Amsterdam-born forward, who is half-Israeli, admits the cultural similarities make it easy for players from the low lands to settle in England.

"I think it's generally a lot easier for Dutch players to settle over here because most of them can speak English," he admitted to the Sunday Mercury.

"The culture and the way of life is the same, I don't think that I'll have a lot of problems settling in over here.

"I know all of the Holland players who play in England.

"We went our separate ways when I was living in Spain but I'll be able to speak to a couple of the guys now I'm over here."

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