FRENCH winger Derick Osei has joined Oxford United.

The 21-year-old joins on a two-year deal from Stade Brestois 29, who play in Ligue 1, the top division in his home country.

Osei has long admired English football from afar and is looking forward to showing his worth to U’s boss Karl Robinson.

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He said: “It’s a big club for League One and I’m very happy to be here.

“France is very technical and very fast, but I prefer English football because my physique is more adapted to it.

“The level (in League One) is good, it’s like the best team in the second division in France.”

Osei does not count towards the £2.5million salary cap – which only covers players aged over 21 - that comes into force in Sky Bet League One next season.

The youngster did not make an appearance in Ligue 1, but has represented his country’s Under 19 and Under 20 sides.

He is most comfortable on the left wing, but can play anywhere across the front line.

Osei was most recently on loan at French fourth-tier side AS Beziers and last played in March, before football was suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic.

While he has already been getting up to speed in pre-season training with United, the Frenchman is happy to wait for his chance in the first team.

He said: “I’m a quick player, I like the ball. I like to score goals, assist and dribble.

“I’m fast and tall so I can help my teammates.

“I think the best for me is to take my time, because I haven’t played since March.

“When the coach says ‘Derick, it’s your moment’, I will be ready.

“The coach is the boss so if he calls me I’ll play.”