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Nzuzi Toko is looking to replicate the relationship he had with Grasshopper Zurich fans with the Brighton & Hove Albion supporters.
Albion’s new signing spoke of how much the Zurich faithful meant to him and how he would love to have the same connection at the Amex.
He told seagulls.co.uk, “I have a very good relationship with the fans at Zurich and when I left they were very supportive. I have received very positive messages from everyone, wishing me good luck and inviting me to one day come back.
“The fans were behind me when I was younger and I’m very thankful to the supporters at Grasshoppers.
“I always try to do my best on the pitch and I hope that the fans here like me like they did in Zurich. It will be fantastic if the fans are like those at Zurich.
"A big game in Switzerland, like a derby, you might get 6 or 7,000 fans but here, when it’s a big game, there is a very big difference. People are talking about football wherever you go and this is what I like.”
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However, the 24-year-old said it is still too early to compare Grasshoppers with the Albion but says he wants to bring his winning mindset to the Seagulls.
He added, “You can’t compare the two clubs because they are very different and I’m still very new here.
“Grasshoppers are one of the biggest clubs in Switzerland, it’s like Bayern Munich in Germany, they are the record champions.
“We finished in second place to get Champions League qualification last year and we won the cup in 2013, but there was a lot of changes in the team with a new president and manager, but Grasshoppers are still number one for title wins and I hope to bring that winning mentality here."
Toko will join up with his new team-mates for pre-season training at the end of June, including Kazenga LuaLua, whom he knows and shares the same birthplace with.
“I know Kaz a little bit but I know his brother Lomana more because he played with me for DR Congo.
“I am from Switzerland, my mother and father are from DR Congo and I was born in Kinshasa, the capital. When I was four years old I came to Switzerland with my family.”