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Hamsik admits difficulties in China

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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.’

“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.