Brentford new boy Andreas Bjelland has targeted top-flight football with Brentford after joining the club from FC Twente.The defender, who has 21 caps for Denmark, has moved to Griffin Park on a three-year contract.
He captained Twente to the Dutch Cup semi-final last time around but is excited by Brentford's plans for the future, which includes promotion to the Premier League.
“This is an interesting project,” he said, speaking to Bees PlayerHD. “I wanted to be a part of it.
“I want to be part of a big season next season and the club wants to get in to the Premier League, I want to be part of that.
“I want to help the team and hopefully be in the Premier League next year. I am in the national team so I have thoughts about where to go.
“I heard their plans for me and the plans for the club for the future and what they want to do over the next couple of years, it got me going.”
Brentford are operating under a new philosophy for the upcoming season, following their fifth-placed finish last term.
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Bjelland is one of the latest of a number of new Bees recruits, and the 26-year-old was intrigued with the club's direction going forward.
“You want to know about the philosophy, the goals for next season and the season after that,” he explained.
“It has been good to talk to the owner [Matthew Benham], the Directors of Football [Rasmus Ankersen and Phil Giles] and the Head Coach [Marinus Dijkhuizen], he has a Dutch philosophy as well.
“They all want to play good football. I am a central defender, left footed and like to play football.
“I enjoy the game but I will take on the duels and take out the man if I need to, that is part of the game.
“I expect that will happen a lot in England.”