Sokratis Papastathopoulos has warned his Borussia Dortmund team-mates Neven Subotic and Mats Hummels that he has no intention of spending the season sitting on the bench.
The Greece international has just arrived at Signal Iduna Park from Werder Bremen and says that he plans to break into the Schwarzgelben line-up right away, explaining that he wants to avoid a repeat of the situation he found himself in at former club AC Milan, when he was restricted to just five league appearances for the Rossoneri.
"I came here to play, like every other player," Papastathopoulos told reporters. "It's normal.
"I left AC Milan because I wasn't playing, then I moved to Bremen where I played a lot and now I'm here to play. I believe every player joining a team wants to play.
"Things with the other players are going well. I'll play where the coach needs me, if he wants me to play right back or as a centre-back I'll do it."
Dortmund paid a reported €9.5 million to sign Papastathopoulos, 25, who penned a five-year deal with the Champions League runners-up.