“It’s very nice here. You can see the weather here compared to England even in the middle of October. It’s nice to live here but also Olympiakos is a great club with a great history so I’m enjoying it. Olympiakos is used to playing in the Champions League but it’s nice to play European football. It’s a big club with a big tradition. I don’t really think a lot about it. Messi is Messi and is on a completely different level to any other player in the world. I think it’s positive thing and a compliment to say the way I play is like Messi.
Everywhere I go and after I play a few good games it’s started to be like this, even after my first game here it started again ‘our new Messi’. It’s a nice thing but nobody thinks really that it’s a real comparison between Messi and me - it’s only the style of football - I think that’s the only positive from the media and the fans. Not really. I think if you see the loan moves it was a thing that happened because I started the season very well in pre-season, then I got a big injury and it was difficult to come back in the team.
A year later I went to Sevilla where I had a very good time, winning the Europa League, playing regularly but I was unlucky in the last game after getting an injury and then I was out again for a long time. I went there [to Chelsea] with the hope to play and started very well in pre-season then I got a big injury and it was difficult to get back in the team.
Maybe I didn’t get enough chances to play in a couple of games to show my qualities but Chelsea always has very good players and it’s difficult to play. You have to deserve to play there so that’s why I said after the loan moves it’s difficult even if you play well in the Turkish league, there was no point for me. Then I maybe regret the move to Fiorentina and after to Anderlecht. This year was like a lost year and I now I see that I had to be more patient and not demanding that I had to play.
After every game they sent me analysis of the game. Chelsea did a great job with every loan player in this group - with Paulo Ferreira and Eddie Newton who keep in touch with the players. It’s not only that they send you on loan and forget about you. I’m still happy that I was a part of Chelsea and I’m still a Chelsea fan. I would not say I’m in the peak of my career because when I had injuries with Fiorentina and Anderlecht this time was really hard.
After this year I knew that I had to take a step down to play regular football for one year and show my qualities again so I decided to go to Trabzonspor to play football and get confidence again in my body as well as my football. Now I have this and I’m in a big club playing in Europe again - but the German national team is far away at the moment. They play great football, they have a great team with young players and I’m not thinking about this. I’m happy to watch them play for now, said the 27-year-old former international.