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Birmingham City man discusses why he made St Andrew’s switch

French forward Jeremie Bela has been speaking to Birmingham Live about his move to Birmingham City, saying his move feels like a “love story” between himself and the club.

Jeremie Bela joined Birmingham City earlier this month on a free transfer after his departure from Spanish club Albacete. After solving the issues with his deal with the Spanish outfit, he has linked up with Pep Clotet at St Andrew’s and is settling into life with a new team in a new country.

So far, Bela has played once, making a brief substitute appearance for the club in a 1-0 defeat to Fulham. Now, he has been speaking about his move to the club, saying that he is happy to fulfil his ambition of playing in England, and he is happy to do so with the Blues. He said:

“Now everything is okay, and I am very happy. After four months without playing I want to play as many games as possible and give my best.

“Between Birmingham and me you can say it’s a love story. I wanted to come here to Birmingham. Now we are together it is a new start for me. It was both [playing in England and for Blues] but Birmingham first because Birmingham showed real interest in me.”

Bela went on to add that he is happy to come to England with Birmingham City as it provides him with another new challenge, having previously played in both Spain and his home country of France. He said:

“I moved to Spain for the new challenge. I didn’t have a problem in France. I didn’t feel I was moving forward as quickly as I wanted to, and I felt I needed a new challenge. I love the new challenge and discovering a different mentality of football. I’m a globetrotter. It’s for me.

“I didn’t come here because of any problems. In Spain everything I was nice, but I wanted a new challenge as a person and as a football player.

“ I can offer speed, technical [ability] and I can score goals and make assists. I will give my best. Even if I’m not the best player, I will always give my best the whole game. The most important thing for me is the team wins. I want to make the fans happy.”

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