German set to play against former club Villa on opening day...
The 28-year-old graduated out of the Birmingham-based club's youth academy and spent four years in England before making a move to Stuttgart in 2005. And following a four-year spell in his homeland and a short but not so sweet stint at Lazio, the midfielder joined the east London club.
Following the recent announcement of the fixtures for next season, Hitzlsperger is raring to have a go at his former club on the opening day.
"I am looking forward to it, [it will] be good to go back there," he said on the club's official website. "I made over 100 appearances for them in the time I was there and it was great, but I am looking forward to going there as a West Ham player and helping my new club to hopefully get a good result.
"These are matches that stand out of course for many people, supporters, but all games I am looking forward to.
"They are tough opponents because they are [among] the best teams in the league but we will take every game as it comes, whoever we are playing and I am just looking forward to playing everyone we come up against."