Havard Nordtveit in action for Borussia Monchengladbach
West Ham United's new signing Havard Nordtveit has told the club's official website that he thinks it's a 'very strong group' of players, having been introduced to the squad.
The Hammers have made two first-team additions this summer, with Nordtveit joining on a free transfer from Borussia Monchengladbach - just as Sofiane Feghouli has from Valencia.
The arrival of Nordtveit is a particularly interesting one, as he'll now arrive as Alex Song's replacement in midfield, offering competition for the likes of Mark Noble, Cheikhou Kouyate and Pedro Obiang in the engine room of Slaven Bilic's side.
26-year-old Nordtveit, who has 28 caps for Norway to his name, is a former Arsenal youngster who failed to make the grade at the Emirates Stadium, but proved himself in the Bundesliga by becoming a regular for Borussia Monchengladbach.
Now back in London with West Ham, Nordtveit will be hoping to prove Arsenal wrong for letting him go, but will more importantly hope to earn a regular spot in Bilic's first team at the Olympic Stadium.
The Hammers are currently away in the United States on a pre-season tour, offering Nordtveit the chance to get to know his team-mates and kickstart his West Ham career.
Nordtveit has been speaking to West Ham's official website about his start to life with the Hammers, and shared his first thoughts on the squad, claiming it appears to be a 'very strong group'.
Having been overlooked at Arsenal, Nordtveit now wants to fulfil his dream of playing in the Premier League, and hopes to start the season well against Chelsea, and thinks the opening day can be a great time to play one of the so-called 'big team'.
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"So far, so good!" said Nordtveit. "It’s a really good group and I’m looking forward to the next few days of this tour. As a boy, I was always dreaming of playing in the Premier League and I never got a chance when I was with Arsenal [as a teenager], then I went to Borussia Moenchengladbach and got a good experience there. Now I am back and hopefully, now I have played in Germany, I can do a bit better in the Premier League."
"It’s a very strong group and they all stand together as a big team and hopefully I will be a part of it. Everything is there so that we can work hard and get our fitness up to the level that we want to, and as you can see it is amazing and the facilities are on another level than we have in Europe."
"We had a chat before and we are both positive and we will see how we go in pre-season and take it day by day and hopefully then I can get some caps for West Ham. We start bang on at Chelsea and it can be a good time to play the big teams at the start of the season because maybe they didn’t find their rhythm and we found it already! We’re looking forward to that but we have some friendly games to get through first."
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