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Nottingham Forest's new signing Apostolos Vellios comments on his love of the English weather

General view of waterlogged pitch

The Greek striker prefers playing football in the UK weather.

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Nottingham Forest completed their first signing under the management of Philippe Montanier yesterday with Greek international striker Apostolos Vellios joining from Iraklis.

The former Everton striker has found some form back in his Greek homeland and is now hopeful of being a hit at the City Ground.

Apostolos Vellios - Everton on the bench

He spoke about the reasons behind his return to England this week, when he made a surprise claim about one of the motives behind a move to England … the weather!

He told BBC Nottingham Sport:

“I like the weather here. It is football weather. I like everything in England.”

Quite a claim from a man from a popular UK holiday destination, but he elaborated on why he likes the English weather:

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“It is very hard for us to train in 30 degrees and 35 degrees, it is nice weather for a vacation but not for football.”

It is not the first time he has mentioned his love for the English weather. Forest’s newbie had this to say to the BBC in 2011 whilst an Everton player:

"I love this weather.

"I think football needs rain. We have more passion. The tackling, the heading is better."

General view of waterlogged pitch

Forest fans will be pleased to hear that Vellios, who has also played in the temperate climates of Denmark and Belgium, is ready to roll his sleeves up and get involved in the darker side of the game – which is sometimes necessary in a 46-game Championship season.

Hopefully he can score some goals in the Nottinghamshire rain this season.

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