“It was hopeless with Seoane”

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Nadiem Amiri speaks on his future plans

By Jonathan Dicks   @Jonathan_Dicks

Nadiem Amiri discussed his difficult year on the pitch and how his career has been revitalized under Xabi Alonso.

Nadiem Amiri.
Nadiem Amiri. Photo: Marco Verch, CC BY-SA 2.0

Nadiem Amiri was not included in Gerardo Seoane’s plans at the company club. The former German international was so fed up that he played at Italian side Genoa on a half-season loan in early 2022.
But now, Amiri is improving and looked ecstatic after scoring against Köln on Matchday 14. Speaking to ‘kicker’, the midfielder said:

“I was gone and I’m back. I have no words for how I am doing right now. I have never experienced anything like this before: to be dead and to work back like that. This feeling I have right now is indescribable.”

Adding, “A year ago I sat at home crying. These are things that no one sees. My father was crying in the stands.”

The 26-year-old nearly left again in the offseason, but Xabi Alonso has rewarded his effort in training with more playing time:

“It was hopeless with Seoane. – Since I’ve returned in the summer, no one can say that I didn’t go full throttle in every training. This gives me this inner peace. And thank God, thank God, this will now also be rewarded after the change of coach.”

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