New signing Marcel Langer admits he jumped at the chance to link up once again with Daniel Stendel.
The former Schalke 04 midfielder worked with the manager during their days at Hannover 96, where a successful youth side saw Langer lift the U19s German Cup.
Ready to make an impact in the first-team, the 22-year-old has revealed how keen he was to make the six-month move to Hearts and begin a new adventure.
Speaking to HeartsTV, Marcel said: “It was not really a hard decision to make,” he said. “I like adventures. It's a new country, a new city and a new language. I’m looking forward to it and I’m happy.
“When I played in the youths for Hannover 96 I worked with the manager in the U19s. We were really successful. We won the U19s German Cup. It was a good connection.”
“The manager called me before New Year’s Eve and yes, I was really direct – I want to do this. Then we talked with Schalke and the club and now I am here.
“I watched the highlights from the Rangers game and the atmosphere was crazy.
“For sure, I’m looking forward to playing here in front of 18,000. Normally we play in front of 5,000 in Germany so this is different. This is nice.”
Marcel’s first interview as a Hearts player is available to watch now on HeartsTV by clicking here.