Swansea City's Portugal international Eder seeks quality connection
14th July 2015
Portuguese international Eder hopes to form a quality connection with his new Swansea City team-mates in Germany.
The 27-year-old joined the Swans earlier this month from Braga, with the forward currently part of Garry Monk's squad during the club's tour in Germany.
After some double sessions in their opening few days, the level goes up a notch on Wednesday as the Swans take on Borussia Dortmund in their base in Grassau.
And in his first interview in front of the cameras since becoming a Swan, Eder talks of the importance of quickly getting up to speed with his new team-mates.
He said: "I am the new guy so I need the connection with my team-mates - it's been great so far. I'm so happy and very proud to be here.
"The training has been tough, but everyone has helped me settle into the squad.
"The atmosphere here is very nice and everyone is very helpful.
"It's been very hard and very intense, but we know it's very important because if you want to get to the next level you need to be fit.
"The friendly games will also allow us to develop a connection on the pitch."
With the pre-season preparations all building up for what the Swans hope will be another memorable campaign, Eder is looking forward to making his dream come true.
Having spent his entire career to date playing in Portugal, the 18-cap international had always wanted to experience the Premier League.
The Swans' opening game in the league comes against defending champions Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on August 8.
And Eder is also counting down the days until he can make his top-flight debut in front of the Jack Army at the Liberty a week later against Newcastle United.
"I spoke to a few team-mates from the Portuguese national team, and (Southampton defender) Jose Fonte told me about the Premier League and Swansea. He said a lot of good things," he said.
"It's a dream to come to the Premier League and I can't wait to play my first game for Swansea.
"I can't wait to feel the atmosphere in the stadium. So many of the players here have told me about the atmosphere and the supporters - I want to play in front of the fans now!"
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