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The new German signing believes he can stake a claim for an immediate first-team berth and has revealed that Spurs did make an offer for him before he moved to west London

Chelsea's latest recruit Marko Marin feels that he is capable of going straight into the starting line-up after joining from German side Werder Bremen.

The 23-year-old agreed to sign for the Blues in April after they agreed a fee in the region of £6.5m for the talented attacking midfield player. Marin will officially join the club on July 1 when the transfer window re-opens.

He told Spox.com: "I am sure that I will play for Chelsea. Why? Because they took me to London. The management has convinced me. It is a top-team!

"They have won the Champions League. The club, the scouting, the management, they have often observed me and they are convinced that I can help the team."

Marin is highly thought of across Europe, and the diminutive playmaker - who was born in Yugoslavia but has won 16 caps for Germany - confirmed that north London rivals Tottenham also made an offer to try and secure his services.

He added: "There was also an offer from Tottenham - yes, that is right."

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