Mustafi: "For me the most important thing is to feel loved"

Shkodran Mustafi has lived a few months, a few years, quite hard, and this Wednesday in his presentation as a new Levante player, he assured us that for him, feeling loved has been key to deciding on the Valencian club that has been chasing him since mid-July and ended up signing with the market already closed.

After being transferred for more than 40 million by Valencia to Arsenal in what was the zenith of his career, he went from more to less at the London club and, after finishing his contract, he signed with Schalke 04, with whom he was relegated last season. Without a team and without offers from the greats, he has found in the persistence of Levante, which signed him with the market already closed, a reason to return to a city where he was happy.

In the end, the most important thing to me is to feel loved. And I saw that from the first moment, "he said in his presentation. "The last six months with Schalke were bad. It's a great club and they were very tough months. I went because I wanted to help, and I gave everything I had, but now I'm here. It was important for me to go to a club that loves me, "said Mustafi, who said he was" sure "of his decision.

"It is a decision that I had to make for many reasons, but I felt that the club loved me. For a player, that is the most important thing to put aside to feel that the club loves you, not only because you are a free player but because they really love you, "he said.

Mustafi recalled that the summer had not been easy for him. It was very hard. A player always lives in a dressing room and I really needed that, but in the end, I am a worker and I wanted to work when the time came to go to a club to be ready. He didn't want to quit his job because he had no options. You have to have a hard head, "he acknowledged.

The Albanian-born center insisted that his past, money, and expectations were not weighing on him."In football, the past doesn't count. I'm not affected by what happened before, be it negative or positive, because there are games ahead. Thinking about the past affects you in the future, and I want to be in the present, "he pointed out.

That present may mean an imminent debut because he assured us that he is already "close to being ready" so that Paco López can get hold of him. "Physically I am very well," said Mustafi, who was delighted with a staff "without stars and full of workers." "I want to be one more," he said.

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