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Kristian Pedersen: 'To be part of this Club is an honour for me'.

Kristian Pedersen
Kristian Pedersen.

I'm happy that I'm here now so that I can show my qualities and to help the Club continue in the right direction. That's important to me.

Kristian Pedersen

New signing Kristian Pedersen has spoken of his delight at joining Blues.

And he says he is determined to try and help the Club achieve the goal of top-flight football again.

Pedersen was snapped up from Union Berlin on a four-year contract, for an undisclosed fee.

The left-back was a man in demand this summer.

So what attracted him to Blues?

"The Club itself," he told bcfc.com. "It's a big club with amazing fans and a big history.

"I think I'm ready now to try new opportunities and I think this is the right step here in Birmingham for me. To be a part of this amazing Club is an honour for me.

"I want to help the Club to achieve their goal to reach the Premier League. I want to do everything I am capable of in every game, so I am looking forward to the journey."

Pedersen, a former Danish Under-21 international, spent two years in the German second division.

He feels the step to the Championship won't be a problem.

"I am aware of the Championship and what it is like. It is very physical and I think that suits me very well. I'm a tall guy and I like to 'kill' my opponents," Pedersen smiles.

"It (the 2 Bundesliga) is basically the same as here, but this is more physical. It is also physical in Germany, although tactical as well. This is a league with a lot of speed and counter-attacking and one v ones, which suits me very well."

The 23-year-old adds: "It's always been a dream to come to England. I know it's such an amazing league with amazing players and great history as well. For me it's always been a dream and the stay in Germany was just a step for me to come here. I'm very pleased to be here now."

Pedersen says he was impressed when he spoke to Blues Manager Garry Monk, whose honesty and approach won favour. Pedersen watched 'with goosebumps' clips from Blues final few games last season, as the transfer began to progress this summer.

"Garry is a great manager. I spoke to him and my impression was really good, and I had a really good feeling. This Club needs to be in the Premier League, with its great tradition and history and all that. I want to contribute and help the Club.

"He told me the good and the bad things. I think it's good also to know the bad things, so that you can learn and evolve your skills as well. I think Garry is the right manager to develop me as both a football player and a person.

"The atmosphere at the end (of the season) - I saw a few clips of it and I had goose bumps seeing this amazing crowd of fans and I'm looking forward to that experience."

Pedersen is aware of the grand tradition of good full-backs at Blues.

Asked to characterise his style, he replies: "I'm not a guy who just sits back. I like to tackle and give all my best and always run for my teammates.

"I'm happy that I'm here now so that I can show my qualities and to help the Club continue in the right direction. That's important to me.

"Of course I want to go to the Premier League. My main ambition, 100 per cent, no doubt about that. I want to help the Club reach that goal and that's my aim. What happens later (on), I don't know."

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