New boy Sulley Muntari is determined to help Sunderland book a spot in Europe this season.
The Ghana international completed a loan move from Inter Milan to the Stadium of Light on Saturday until the end of the season.
The 26-year-old midfielder cannot play against Chelsea on Tuesday evening because he has to return to Italy to deal with outstanding paperwork.
But former Portsmouth man Muntari, who could make his debut against Stoke next weekend, has set his sights high as he prepares to reintroduce himself to the Premier League.
"I love the pace, and passion the fans have across the nation," he told the club's official website.
"The people are passionate about the game and that makes it exciting. You see young kids at the stadiums watching the game.
"The English game makes me relaxed and happy so I can bring my skills out.
"I will just try to do my best to help Sunderland go further because they are doing well. I hope I can help the club go to Europe."
Muntari spoke to international team-mates John Mensah and Asamoah Gyan before committing himself to the club, but was delighted with what he found when he arrived on Wearside.
He added: "It feels great to be at Sunderland and to be back in English football. I'm very happy and from what I have seen here, it's going to be great.
"I spoke to the head coach first and also Asamoah and John - they told me everything about the club.
"It is not strange to me. Everything here is amazing. The facilities and atmosphere are excellent. I'm very pleased to be here."
Record signing Gyan, who has played with the midfielder for Udinese as well for Ghana, is confident Muntari will be a significant addition to the squad.
He said: "Sulley is a great player. Everyone knows that. I know him very well, I know the kind of guy he is.
"He has great quality, a great left foot and wins a lot of balls. He runs a lot in the game and I think he will help us a lot.
"Sulley is very positive all the time and I am pleased to see players of his quality coming to the club. He will help the team, the whole team."