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Hoffenheim target European place

August 2, 2012
By ESPN staff

Hoffenheim coach Markus Babbel is hoping the signing of Real Madrid youngster Joselu will help them achieve their ambition of playing in Europe.

Markus Babbel
GettyImagesThis is Markus Babbel's first season in charge at Hoffenheim

Joselu, 22, became the club's fourth summer signing after the captures of Germany goalkeeper Tim Wiese, Swiss striker Eren Derdiyok and former Stuttgart captain Matthieu Delpierre.

This will be Hoffenheim's fourth season in the German top-flight, with European qualification the next aim for the club.

"We are all looking forward to the new season and we want to play good and successful football above all,'' Babbel said. "We want to get into Europe. I have experienced for myself what it is like to play for clubs who are capable of winning things and I know how important it is to reach your goals in the end.

"Whether that be with Bayern or Liverpool, it was always extremely hard work and I want to convince my lads that it is worth it.''

Joselu is no stranger to Germany, having been born in Stuttgart and lived in the country for four years before his family returned to Spain, and his move to the Bundesliga is inspired by a desire to break into Joachim Low's national team.

"I chose Germany for a reason,'' he told Hoffenheim's official website. "I want to make the breakthrough here. My wish is to obtain German citizenship and maybe even play for the Germany national team in the end. But that is the second step. The first is to settle in here and help the team.''