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Wednesday, June 2, 2010
Asamoah excited by St Pauli switch

New St Pauli striker Gerald Asamoah insists no other side would have been able to lure him away from Schalke this summer.

Asamoah, 31, signed a two-year contract with the Bundesliga newcomers on Tuesday and, although he says the decision to leave Gelsenkirchen was tough, it was made easier by his choice of destination.

"It became clear to me that when you have played so long for Schalke, then you can only move away if you are going to a club like St Pauli," he said. "I am delighted that things have worked out and I want to play my part in helping the club realise its ambitions."

Asamoah has taken a considerable pay cut to make the move to the Hamburg suburbs but after spending much of the season on the bench with the Royal Blues, the opportunity to revive his career with St Pauli is worth its weight in gold.

"When Stani (St Pauli coach Holger Stanislawski) spoke with me for the first time about a transfer during the winter break, I didn't really think seriously about it," he added on the St Pauli website.

"But things changed quickly. I was often a spectator in the Millerntor stadium and I like the attacking football which is played here.

"You could see quickly how much fun the team has. Then there is the fantastic support and the positive development the club has made in recent years. I like the attacking football that St Pauli play - we want to surprise the football fans."

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