New Hannover signing Marcelo says that he will relish what he feels is a clear step up in class after leaving the Eredivisie for the Bundesliga.
The Brazilian has just arrived at the AWD-Arena from PSV, having signed a four-year deal with Mirko Slomka's side on Saturday.
However, Marcelo claims to have already noticed a difference in quality - after just one training session with his new team-mates.
"Well my first impression here was really really good," the defender explained. "The players gave me a great welcome, and in the training I can see that the players have a lot of quality and I think it was a great [session].
"This is the Bundesliga here, so you know the level is much higher. But I was thankful for a new challenge in my life; that's why I chose to move away now.
"I had a great time in PSV so it was really the time to make a new start in my life."
Marcelo, who is a Santos youth academy product, first came to Europe in 2008, spending two years with Wisla Krakow before joining PSV.