John Lundstram's move to Trabzonspor was heavily influenced by a former teammate's positive recommendation.

The ex-Rangers star revealed that he spoke to Ridvan Yilmaz, who told him about the warm welcome and kind treatment he would receive at the Turkish club. This personal endorsement from a trusted source clearly played a significant role in Lundstram's decision to join Trabzonspor after his three-year Rangers stay came to an end.

Upon arriving in Trabzon, Lundstram was struck by the warmth and hospitality of the people he encountered and admitted he was take a back at how popular his new team are.

"I spoke to Ridvan Yilmaz and he told me how well everyone here would treat me," the 30-year-old midfielder told local media outlets

"When I was in Trabzon, everyone I saw welcomed me warmly. Everyone here is very polite and kind. I hope to pay them back with my performances.

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"When I was in talks with the club, my conversation with the manager left a big impression on me We talked about both the city and the history of the club and the style he wanted me to play. It was a style I liked and it wasn't a hard decision to make after that.

"I think we have a very good squad here and I will try to contribute with my own quality to help the team.

"I was probably surprised by just how big Trabzonspor are. And I also wanted a new challenge for myself. My family are with me and that helps."

He also thinks Trabzonspor have the quality to challenge for silverware this season.

"Since I first came, I have seen a good, high-quality team that can achieve something in the league," he continued.

"I will try to contribute to the team with my own quality and what I can do. We will build on what the team has built before."