Greek international Lazaros Christodoulopoulos believes Verona is his “big career opportunity.”
The attacking midfielder had already impressed in Serie A with Bologna, but after their relegation and his World Cup performances made the move to Hellas Verona.
“I am very happy to be wearing this jersey,” he said in his presentation Press conference.
“I heard the history of this club and it is an honour to be playing for a club called Hellas, as I’m sure it is for my teammate Panagiotis Tachtsidis.”
The side was founded in 1903 by a group of students, inspired by their teacher of Greek to call it Hellas – the original name for Greece.
“Last season when Bologna played Verona, I was impressed by the quality of their football. Perhaps that too inspired me to come here.
“This is a big career opportunity for me. The World Cup also gave me a lot of confidence and it felt like a continual festival in Brazil. I wanted to show everyone my talent and help the team to win.
“I also chose Verona because they wanted me so much. When a club like this wants you, it means a lot.”
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