Mustafi: Italy improved me

by | Jul 11, 2014 14:42

Shkodran Mustafi believes that Italy has made him ‘a complete defender’ and was shocked to be in the Germany World Cup squad.

Shkodran Mustafi believes that Italy has made him ‘a complete defender’ and was shocked to be in the Germany World Cup squad.

The full-back arrived from Everton at Sampdoria in 2012, and has gone on to be an ever-present in the Bluerchiati backline.

And the 22-year-old has admitted that Serie A has improved him as a player – enough to be Marco Reus’ replacement for the national team.

“Someone had to Google my name to find me when I arrived at Samp,” he told Il Secolo XIX.

“But I think I’ve played well enough to make sure that doesn’t happen anymore!

“In England I grew up a lot in terms of athleticism, but at Samp I have become the compete defender.

“There is no better League than the Italian one if you want to improve in my role.

“I didn’t think I would get any playing time at the World Cup – so this tournament has exceeded all my expectations.”

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