Javi Garcia claims he has joined the 'biggest club in England' after completing a deadline day move to Manchester City from Benfica.
The former Real Madrid midfielder linked up with City on a £16million deal as the summer window swung shut.
The 25-year-old feels his new employers have the potential to become a European heavyweight under the guidance of Roberto Mancini and their ambitious owners.
He is backing City to make an impact at home and abroad in 2012/13 and sees no reason why they cannot put down an early UEFA Champions League marker when they head to Santiago Bernabeu on 18th September.
"Without a doubt, I'm at the biggest club in England and one of the biggest in Europe," said Garcia.
"So I'm very proud but also aware that I'm joining a great side full of top players.
"The Champions League group is a tough one but it'll be a lot of fun.
"The Real Madrid game is a great way to start out but we have the team and players to compete against any opposition."