Erdal Rakip is looking forward to working with the 'legend' Roy Hodgson after joining Crystal Palace on loan from Benfica.
The Sweden Under-21 international midfielder has spent just half a season with the Portuguese outfit having arrived when his contract at Swedish side Malmo expired in the summer.
But Rakip will now remain at Selhurst Park until the end of this current campaign after a loan deal was agreed between the two clubs and Palace will hope he can rediscover the form which saw him score eight goals from 27 league appearances for Malmo last season.
The 21-year-old is looking forward to life in the Premier League and working with Eagles boss, Hodgson, who is a big name in his homeland following his work as Malmo manager in the second half of the 1980s.
"I believe this is a league that suits me and my way of playing," Rakip said on the club's official website.
"It's fast-paced and physically intense, and I'm a classic, balanced number 6; a box-to-box player who runs up and down the field.
"I hope to adapt quickly in order to help the team and show my qualities – I have been training since the season ended and I feel fit and ready to play straight away.
"It will be an honour playing for Roy. He is a legend in Malmo and everyone knows who he is. Crystal Palace is a fantastic club with a lot of history that plays entertaining football, and was the best option for my development and my career at this stage."
Rakip could make his debut for Palace, who sit three points clear of the drop zone and are 10/1 to be relegated this season, in their next Premier League game at West Ham on Tuesday week.
The Eagles are 2/1 to win, while the Hammers are priced at 11/8 and the draw is available at 9/4.