Ciro Immobile has insisted he won't stand in the shadow of former Borussia Dortmund striker, Robert Lewandowski, as he aims to make a big impact in his debut season.
The new BVB front man who signed from Torino on a five-year contract at the start of June has spoken out in a recent press conference after being questioned over whether he was under pressure to outshine Lewandowski.
According to Sky Sports Immobile replied: "Being his successor is not going to weigh me down."
"He scored many goals and I don't know if I'll score more than he did, but he is the past, I am the present."
The confident 24-year-old was eager to complete the move this summer as he is aware of how passionate the fans are at the Westfalenstadion.
The black and yellow following have attained a reputation for being one of the largest and noisiest crowd's in the whole of Europe and Immobile is excited that he will get his chance to impress them when the new season starts on Saturday 23 August. Their first game of the season will be against potential title rivals, Bayer Leverkusen.
Immobile in Italy
Last season, Immobile finished as the top goalscorer in Serie A, netting 22 times in total. But before he came to Torino, Immobile launched his career back in 2012 when he was named the Serie B player of the year after a very successfully loan spell with Pescara who won promotion, much due to the 28 goals that he scored in his season there.
Immobile was originally a Juventus player but he was sent out on loans spells which included Siena, Grosetto and then Pescara whom he thrived with. He then made a permanent switch to Genoa in 2012 but after a poor season, scoring just five goals in over 33 appearances, he moved to Torino.
The Italian sprung into life in the 2013-14 campaign, showing off his incredible footwork and relaxed manner in front of goal to prove why he was initially signed by the Serie A Champions. The striker was not only cool with his feet but also a danger off crosses as he showed off his aerial ability too.
He will be one of the strikers to watch this season especially as this is his debut season and his first time playing outside of Italy.
Lewandowski has been one of Dortmund's most decorated strikers having been part of the team that has won back to back Bundesliga titles as well as the DFB Pokal and the Super Cup. He was a major influence in the team's run to the final of the Champions League in 2013 having demolished Real Madrid individually in the semi-final. And last season, the Pole capped of his career by finishing as the top scorer in the league, months after agreeing to a switch to arch rivals, Bayern Munich.
It was a bitter move for the fans to take in and now that he is already thriving for his new club in pre-season has made them more wary of how lethal he will be for the already rampant Munich machine. But Immobile appears to have the confidence that will help shake off any nerves going into the new season.
The club paid a hefty £15.5 million for the Italy International, who was ousted by Mario Balotelli as the regular choice at this summer's World Cup but he has been carefully watched by Jurgen Klopp.
Immobile comically informed the media at the press conference: "He [Jurgen Klopp] told me that he'd seen over 70 games of me in order to study my strengths. That's more games than even my dad has seen."
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