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Freund's a friend for Rebrov

English Barclays Premiership

Steffen Freund is helping new boy Sergei Rebrov adapt to life in England ahead of his baptism in the Premiership's fast lane.

Although keen to dismiss that he is acting as a 'minder' to the L11m Ukrainian star, our German midfielder is guiding the 26-year-old around the minefields he encountered himself after arriving in London 18 months ago.

Freund revealed: "I know Sergei's situation. I am here for 18 months now and I know the first two or three months are terrible because you live in a hotel, you have to look for a house and this city is so big that you definitely get things wrong every day. It is not easy and I want to help him.

"I hope I can because we need him straight away with all his qualities on the pitch. If you have a lot of problems because, perhaps, your wife is not here or you don't have a flat or house and don't feel at home, it is very difficult. It is a new life as well as football and it is very different.

"I wouldn't say I'm looking after him but I am helping him and I hope if he has a question he will come to me or any other player."

Freund is a big fan of the former Dynamo Kiev striker. "Sergei is the striker we need, he is quick, smart and a great player," he enthused.

"He is 26 but has a lot of experience, with 50 or 60 games in the Champions League and plenty of goals for Dynamo Kiev, and everyone knows Kiev are a very strong team in Europe. He is different from Les, Steffen and Chris and we need him."

Photographs courtesy of Action Images Ltd.

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