Leicester City midfielder Dennis Praet has explained why he elected to move to the King Power Stadium this summer.
The Belgian joined the Foxes in an £18m move on deadline day of the summer transfer window, with Brendan Rodgers looking to add more talent to an already packed midfield.
The move to the Premier League was a long time coming for Praet, who had been linked with English clubs for several summers previously.
And he has explained that he elected to accept the offer from Leicester having been impressed by them in a pre-season friendly.
“I was open to a step higher,” he told Sporza.
“I also knew that Leicester would be very good. I had seen them in practice match against Atalanta before the season and I was surprised how strong they were as a team.
“That convinced me and I had always said that I wanted to play in the Premier League.”
The Belgian has enjoyed a strong start to life in England, making six appearances in all competitions and featuring in four of Leicester’s seven Premier Leagues games so far.
The Foxes are currently flying high under Rodgers’ guidance, sitting third in the table with 14 points from a possible 21 and just one defeat.
There is plenty of talk that they could break into the top four this year and Praet says the aim is to secure European football.
“We are trying to force European football,” he added.
“That is what we are aiming for. It is going very well now, but there are teams behind us who will return and must do so, such as Tottenham and Arsenal.
“We are enthusiastic and bring good football. European football is our goal and that would be a great step for Leicester.”