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Wollscheid: Huth convinced me about Stoke

Philipp Wollscheid is delighted with his move to Stoke City.

The 25-year-old centre-half says he already knows plenty about his new club because of fellow German Robert Huth's five-and-a-half seasons at Stoke.

"The German press, because of Robert Huth, was already talking last year a little bit about Stoke, and of course I know the Premier League.

"I didn't know the town or where it was in Great Britain, but I know enough about the club to make a good decision to come here.

"There are several German speakers in the changing room. I was surprised that even Asmir Begovic was able to talk German. Five players in all. But every player welcomed me in a nice way. After the first session I am already comfortable here."

Wollscheid has played twice for Germany in the past, but is reticent on his immediate prospects of a recall after relatively little playing time back home.

"Of course this is always in the back of my mind," he said, "but first I am looking forward to having a good time and working hard with this team. We will see."

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