It’s been little more than a week since he signed for the Club but Sascha Riether already finds himself back in his native country.
After four days of training at Motspur Park with his new Fulham team mates, the versatile German international flew out with the rest of Martin Jol’s squad to take part in three pre-season friendly matches in Leipzig.
“My team mates have asked me about the city and the teams we’re playing against,” Sascha told fulhamfc.com. “But I can’t say that much about Leipzig because I haven’t been there a lot of times and Leipzig doesn’t have a Bundesliga team so I never played there when I was in Germany.”
Although Riether already speaks English very well, he is keen to improve and remains reluctant to rely too heavily on other German speakers within the squad such as Kerim Frei, Philippe Senderos and Mark Schwarzer.
“It’s always easier when some players can speak the language,” he admitted. “But for me it is important that I use the English I learnt at school, which will be better soon so that I can speak more fluently with the players, the people [at Fulham], and the fans.”
The Team are enjoying the luxury of a pre-season schedule this year after being thrown straight into competitive action prior to the 2011/12 campaign, and Sascha acknowledges the significance of such preparation.
“It’s important to prepare well during pre-season and for the matches,” he explained. “It will be a very hard season with a lot of games.
“Training in England is very professional, as it is in Germany, and the Manager has a good pre-season plan. The training sessions have been good and I hope that nobody gets injured and that we can all continue to train as well as possible.”