Ghanaian midfielder Afriyie Acquah has insisted that the switch to Germany was motivated by his desire to try his luck in the English Premier League, Ghanaosccernet reported.
Acquah made the move to Hoffenheim in the summer of 2013 but he struggled to adapt to life in the Bundesliga, where he thought it would be the ideal step up to England.
“The Hoffenheim deal came too early for me. January transfers are hard. It’s rare for players to do well when they are signed in the winter window," the 28-year-old said.
“I was also in the form of my life in Parma. I had even earned another call up to the Black Stars and scored my first goal against Malawi.
“Roberto Donadoni -who was then the coach of Parma did not want me to leave. We were doing well and were in the top half of the league at the time.
“I opted to leave because I was convinced it was going to be a good stepping stone to the Premier League,” added.
Acquah is currently plying his trade for Yeni Malatyspor in the Turkish Super Lig.