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Vydra on why it had to be Albion

New striker tells us his thinking behind Hawthorns move

MATEJ Vydra has revealed why he choose Albion ahead of a host of other clubs in England and across Europe who showed an interest in him.

The 21-year-old striker today joined the Baggies on a season-long loan from Udinese and is relishing the chance to work under Steve Clarke in the Barclays Premier League.

After firing 22 Championship goals for Watford last term, he is also chomping at the bit to link up with fellow summer signing Nicolas Anelka.

And, after speaking to Clarke’s former Chelsea team-mate and current Hornets manager Gianfranco Zola for advice, he is delighted to have secured a Hawthorns move.

“I didn’t know a month ago if I was coming back to England but I am very pleased to become a West Bromwich Albion player and I will do my best for the team,” said Vydra, who will wear the No.20 shirt.

“There was a lot of club interest from around Europe and England.

“But I choose West Bromwich Albion because of the manager.

“He is one of the best managers in England and plays a European style.

“I spoke briefly to my former coach Zola on the telephone and he advised me to go to West Bromwich Albion because the style of play will suit me.

“I think it is a good choice for me.

“Another reason I chose West Bromwich Albion is because it is a great opportunity to play alongside a big striker like Nicolas Anelka.”

The 21-year-old hotshot has now linked up with the Czech Republic for their friendly with Hungary in Budapest tomorrow.

And he will meet up with his new Baggies team-mates two days before Saturday’s Barclays Premier League opener against Southampton (ko 3pm).

“I’m glad I have my future sorted for this season and I look forward to meeting the players on Thursday when I return from international duty,” added Vydra.

“I had a very good season last year and I would like to continue that form.

“Of course I can’t promise how many goals I will score but the most important thing is the club.

“I’m very quick, I think I’m dangerous in the penalty area, and I can shoot with my left or right foot.

“I want to play each game and do everything I can to help my team-mates win games.”