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Kerem Demirbay:
Julian Nagelsmann is a phenomenon

By Laura Brandt

Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Kerem Demirbay has described his former coach Julian Nagelsmann as 'a phenomenon'.

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

Kerem Demirbay has hailed his former coach Julian Nagelsmann for the impact he has had on his development.

The Leverkusen midfielder spent several seasons under Nagelsmann at Hoffenheim and learned a lot from the current RB Leipzig coach.

"Julian is a phenomenon. He deals with his players incredibly well and has a clear line that he always remains true to. He's totally flexible when it comes to his way of playing football and lining up. He pays attention to so many details - and I have personally learned a lot from him," Demirbay told Sportbuzzer.

Demirbay feels he was often deemed not good enough for the Bundesliga by the media before proving himself in Germany's top flight at Hoffenheim.

"When I played for Kaiserslautern and Düsseldorf, it was always said that I didn't have the quality to play in the Bundesliga. But later, during my time at Hoffenheim, I was described as one of the best midfielders of the league after I came from the 2. Bundesliga as a nobody. I just try not to let these things get to me, because otherwise I wouldn't be able to laugh, I would be unhappy and unable to focus on my work," Demirbay said.

The midfielder was sent off against his former club as Hoffenheim beat Leverkusen 2-1 on Saturday.

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