Fernandes - 'I want to become a top player'

Switzerland U21 international Edimilson Fernandes wants to make his mark after completing his move to West Ham United.

The all-action midfielder has joined the Hammers on a four-year contract from Swiss Super League club FC Sion and is now targeting his first opportunity to impress in Claret and Blue.

The 20-year-old told whufc.com is relishing the chance to play in front of 57,000 fans at London Stadium and ‘adding excitement’ to Slaven Bilic’s side.
Welcome to West Ham United, what was it that made you want to sign here this summer?
“I am really happy to be here at West Ham United, it is a new challenge for me and now it is down to me to work hard to become a top player.”
You were introduced to the London Stadium crowd on Thursday. What did you make of our new home?
“Obviously, I had never been to London Stadium before as it is new, I will be working to my best to get to the top. It is a large stadium, I have also played at Anfield here in England, but this stadium is really big and impressive.
What can the supporters expect to see from Edimilson Fernandes?
“I am a player capable of getting the game going and adding excitement to the action on the pitch.”
You arrive at the Club at an exciting time for the Club – how exciting is that for you personally?
“I didn’t really expect to join the Club at this time in my career, but I am delighted to be here and London is a fantastic city, so I am looking forward to working hard to get there.”
How much of an influence did Slaven Bilic have in you joining the Club?
“I didn’t know the manager before, but I spoke to the manager before signing and the conversation was very positive and I appreciate this opportunity.”
I bet you can’t wait to play in a midfield alongside Manuel Lanzini, Dimitri Payet, Mark Noble, Cheikhou Kouyate and others?
“I am really excited to get an opportunity to play with these great players. I watched the Euros from home and it makes me proud to now call some of them my teammates.”
How much do you know about the Premier League?
“I have always watched the Premier League and the games here are crazy. The speed of the games is something which is different and I am really looking forward to being able to play in this league.”
We had Swiss international Valon Behrami who was a fans’ favourite here, how well do you know him? And would you hope to emulate his success in Claret and Blue?
“Of course I think I can be as popular as him, but that will come from working hard here and that is what I plan to do.”
What would you like to achieve here as a player?
“I want to continue to improve my game and then to break into the first team. I need to work hard in training and then the manager will make the decision as to when I am ready.”
To move to London is a big decision, how do you feel about the move?
“I am ready for this next chapter. London is not like Switzerland, it is a lot bigger but I am more than ready for it.”