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Tuesday 31 July 2012

New player factfile #1: Chelsea's Marko Marin

Attacking midfielder one of several young signings to arrive at Stamford Bridge

  • Marko Marin first made his name at Borussia Monchengladbach

  • He then moved to Werder Bremen where he shone alongside Mezut Ozil

  • Marin played in the UEFA Champions League for Werder Bremen

  • He helped Germany reach the FIFA 2010 World Cup semi-final

  • Marin will wear the #21 shirt for Chelsea in the forthcoming season

With the 2012/13 season under three weeks away there are a host of players preparing for their very first taste of Barclays Premier League action. will be taking a daily look at some of these new arrivals, beginning with a Chelsea player known in some quarters as 'the German Messi'.

Marko Marin

Club: Chelsea
Nationality: German
Position: Attacking midfielder/winger
DOB: 13/03/89
Age: 23
Height: 5ft 7in
Squad No: 21
Transfer fee: Undisclosed
Fantasy Premier League value: £7.0m
Contracted: Until June 2013
Previous clubs: Borussia Monchengladbach (2007-09), Werder Bremen (2009-12).
League appearances: 87 (Bundesliga)
League goals:  8 (Bundesliga)
International appearances: 16
International goals:
Honours:  2009 UEFA European Under-21 Championship winner
The German Messi

Profile:  A diminutive, flighty midfielder who can play in a central midfield role or on both flanks, Marin first came to prominence at Borussia Monchengladbach, drawing comparisons with former Germany international Thomas Hassler. He earned a move to Werder Bremen where he shone alongside Mesut Ozil and Aaron Hunt. The right-footed 23-year-old, who is a set-piece specialist, helped his country come third at the 2010 FIFA World Cup, albeit in a cameo role.

He says:  "I am an offensive player, more a winger, so I hope I can give a lot of assists to strikers so they score a lot of goals and they help the team. The Premier League is the best league in the world and it is my aim to win it."

They say: "He belongs without doubt to the Bundesliga’s best dribblers." (Jan Gunther, reporter for German football broadcasters Radio 90 Elf)

Interesting stat: In his first four seasons in the Bundesliga Marin never recorded fewer than 10 assists.

Did you know? Though a German international, Marin was born in the former Yugoslavia.

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Key Points

  • Marko Marin is one of a raft of new signings by Chelsea
  • Fourth attacking midfielder to join after Eden and Thorgan Hazard and Oscar
  • Known as 'The German Messi' in his homeland