Kasper Dolberg on TSG Hoffenheim, meeting his new teammates and more.

Speaking in an interview with Kicker, new recruit Kasper Dolberg has been speaking about his first days as a TSG Hoffenheim player. 

Hoffenheim recently announced the signing of the Danish international striker on loan from OGC Nice for the remainder of the season. It’s certainly welcome news to all Hoffenheim fans. Dolberg will provide additional support for Hoffenheim’s attacking options as Ilhas Bebou and Munas Dabbur have recently come off of injuries whilst the likes of Jacob Bruun Larsen will be sidelined for a while. 

Speaking about his first few days at the team’s training camp in Portugal, the 25-year-old said: “They were exciting first days, I only met friendly people who wanted to help me. I feel very welcome. I’m looking forward to the second part of the season.”

Dolberg’s reasoning behind choosing Hoffenheim: “I was looking for a place where that was possible, a club that suited me. I had been watching Hoffenheim for a long time, also because of Robert Skov, who is a good friend of mine. That’s why I knew I know what kind of football TSG plays. That goes very well with what I want and can play.”

On his childhood friend and now teammate, Robert Skov: “It wasn’t exactly the main reason, but when I found out that I was interested, I naturally spoke to Robert. He really only had positive things to say about the club, the people, the players and the staff. Also about the new coach and his style. That was nice to hear, but not the reason for my decision.”

The forward’s expectations for the remainder of the campaign: “First and foremost it’s about playing regularly again to get into the rhythm. That’s what the club wants too. If everything goes well after the six months and we want to continue, then we’re welcome to do so. I really haven’t played much in the last few months, I need my rhythm, I didn’t have it, but that’s the most important thing, I’m very optimistic, the team haven’t scored enough points so far, but I think it will from now on going up when we understand exactly what the coach is asking of us and we focus on delivering it on the pitch.”

The Danish international had his loan at Sevilla cut short due to a lack of playing time. The 25-year-old played four times in La Liga and four times in the Champions League and was unable to score. Dolberg joined Nice from Ajax in 2019 and has not been able to display the promise that he carried earlier on in his career. 

GGFN | Jamie Allen

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