Steven Nzonzi is relishing the chance to make an impact on the Premier League stage again after joining Stoke City from Blackburn on transfer deadline day.
Nzonzi, 23, signed a four-year deal at the Britannia Stadium, joining Stoke from Blackburn for a £3.5 million fee that could rise to £5 million.
The deal to bring the France Under-21 international midfielder to Stoke was completed shortly before the 11pm deadline, and he said: "I am very happy to be here and would like to thank Stoke for giving me this chance. I was ready for a move and a new challenge.
"There is strong competition for places here, but that is part of the game and can only help to make me an even better player.
"I heard the club was interested in me a couple of weeks ago, although I think they have been looking at me for a long time."
Nzonzi, who said he had been unsure whether his transfer was going to go through or not, joined Stoke on the same day as Charlie Adam and Maurice Edu.
Tony Pulis is confident Stoke fans will be excited by the former Blackburn man, who left Ewood Park after making 96 appearances in three years.
"Steven is an outstanding young prospect," the manager told the club's official website. "He has made a big impact in the Premier League since he arrived at Blackburn three years ago, and I am sure he will prove to be an excellent addition to our squad. He is the type of player who will endear himself to our supporters.
"We needed to freshen up the squad with new additions and Steven's qualities give us good options in key areas of the team."