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Martins relishes Champions League challenge

After Wolfsburg   completed the signing of Obafemi Martins from Newcastle, with the player agreeing a four-year contract with the Bundesliga outfit after passing a medical, the Nigerian striker is gearing up for the challenge of playing for the German league champions, who are playing in this season’s Champions League

Martins
Martins

Obafemi makes the move for an undisclosed fee and arrives in Wolfsburg just a week before they begin the defence of the Bundesliga title they won last season.

“He is just the type of player that we were looking for to complement Grafite and Edin Dzeko,” said the Wolves’ coach Armin Veh.
“He is not only quick, but he has also proven how dangerous he is in front of goal.”

Martins was keen on the move when he first learnt of Wolfsburg’s interest and he is looking forward to getting the chance to gain experience in his third European league after previously representing Inter Milan in Serie A.

“I am delighted the transfer has gone through,” he said. “The Bundesliga is one of the strongest leagues in the world and I am happy to be able to play for the defending Bundesliga champions.

“This is going to be a great challenge because we are also playing in the Champions League”, said Martins.”
One of his main challenges is going to be to force his way into the Wolfsburg attack.

Dzeko and Grafite scored a league record 54 goals between them last season, but as Veh explained, Martins will not necessarily be taking one of their places in his team.

“Since he can also be used out wide, we now have more possibilities to play with two or three strikers,” he said.
“For his young age, he has already gained lots of experience in Italy and England and he also knows the Champions League.”
Martins could make his debut next Friday night when Wolfsburg host Stuttgart at the VW-Arena in the opening fixture of the new Bundesliga season.


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