Hamsik admits difficulties in China

Former Napoli captain Marek Hamsik has disclosed life in China has been difficult citing language barrier as a major hindrance.

Hamsik completed the switch from Napoli to Dalian Yifang in February and was a shock absentee in Sunday’s 4-1 defeat to League leaders Beijing Guoan.

The 31-year-old has yet to score or assist in six appearances for the Chinese club, and he admits ‘I’ve not encountered a situation like this before.’

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“I am not particularly satisfied with my performances,” AFP quotes him as telling CCTV.

“I have always tried my best to help the team but I’ve not encountered a situation like this before.

“There are big differences between Chinese and European football, but I will try to overcome this and adapt.

“Many times I want to communicate with my team-mates, for example on the pitch, but because of the language I can’t, so I can only use gestures.

“Everyone [at Dalian] has room for improvement, including myself. Loyalty is very important so I will definitely do my best.”

NAPLES, ITALY – NOVEMBER 28: Marek Hamsik of SSC Napoli celebrates after scoring the 1-0 goal during the Group C match of the UEFA Champions League between SSC Napoli and Red Star Belgrade at Stadio San Paolo on November 28, 2018, in Naples, Italy. (Photo by Francesco Pecoraro/Getty Images)

Hamsik is Napoli’s all-time top scorer with 121 goals and still holds the record for the highest number of appearances.

 

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