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Kerem Demirbay:
'I haven't delivered!'

By Laura Brandt

Bayer Leverkusen's Kerem Demirbay is disappointed with his performances in the first half of the season.

Kerem Demirbay (left).
Kerem Demirbay (left).Photo: Marco Verch,

Kerem Demirbay says he hasn't lived up to his own expectations at Bayer Leverkusen following his summer move from Hoffenheim.

'Die Werkself' smashed their transfer record when they paid €32 million to bring in Demirbay who is aware that he's yet to make the desired impact at BayArena.

"I came here to play every game. But I quickly realized that things are a little different here and that there is a different competition for places. If you don't deliver here, you're out. And I don't think I have delivered in terms of what I expected from myself and what I can do. I'd like to go back, find my top level and help the team. That's why the club signed me," Demirbay said in an interview with Kicker and added:

"I need to really enjoy playing football again with a certain looseness instead of always being dead serious. No one can accuse me of not wanting to or of not giving my all. But I'm simply not used to sitting on the bench for three games without playing a minute. I need to go about things in a more natural way again. It has a lot to do with the mental side of things."

The 26-year-old has played 19 games for Leverkusen so far, making two assists.

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