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Dzemaili has arrived in Montreal

Swiss international Dzemaili has met the media and fans at the airport in Montreal

THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson

The Montreal Impact announced today, right before the MLS transfer window closed, that they have acquired midfielder Blerim Dzemaili as a designated player.

The Swiss international has expected to join the team some in in July after the Serie A season but since Bologna FC won't be relegated the loan happened a bit earlier. In his career, Dzemaili played in 223 Serie A games with Torino, Parma, Napoli and Bologna he also was tied for top goal scorer for Bologna with 9.

This afternoon he also arrived in Montreal and met with the members of the media.

"For me, it is a challenge," said Dzemaili. "Even though I played in top leagues I cannot go easy on the pitch because I saw that the football here is not easy.

"I have to be prepared and concentrated as always."