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Saïd Benrahma: “Hopefully I can help the team to the next level”

Algerian international speaks after joining last week

8 July 2018

Saïd Benrahma admitted that the club’s long-terms plans for both him, and the team, were too good to turn down as he signed a four-year contract at Griffin Park last week. The 22-year-old arrived from OGC Nice on Friday and told that he feels he is in the right place to kick on.

Speaking after signing his contract last week, Saïd said: “It seems like a good project to me. Once the project was explained to me I wanted to sign. I think this is a club which will help me to progress. That was very important to me as I need a club that places trust in me and wants to progress too.”

The winger has also been re-united with former Nice teammate Neal Maupay following his switch to West London. Saïd said that a conversation with Neal left him in no doubt about whether he should join or not.

“As soon as I knew Brentford were interested in me, I spoke to Neal Maupay,” revealed Saïd.” He sent me a message which simply said “Come” and I listened to him. I played with Neal at Nice and he is a very good player”

Last season was Saïd’s most successful to date with ten goals in 33 appearances for LB Châteauroux in Ligue 2. A self-professed tricky winger, Saïd hopes he can follow the path laid down previously by players like Riyad Mahrez and N’Golo Kante and adapt and thrive in England.

“I like to dribble and do things with the ball, but always for the team,” said Saïd. “I hope that the fans will like what they see. Even though I don’t know the Championship, I will adapt. Players like Riyad Mahrez and N’golo Kante are a level above but I can take inspiration from them. Hopefully I can help the team to the next level. The Premier League is the ambition for everybody and that’s the same for me and the club.”

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