But he told Chelsea TV: “I’m used to it [being talked about all the time]. It’s been like this all my career, from the age of 17 when I started playing for Atletico and being captain at 19. The expectation and the pressure was always high.
“It’s not different from now but now the statistics are not as good as in the past. Obviously people talk more about all these things but football has taught me how to be apart from it all.
“I just focus on my job in training and in the games and when you keep working you can get every target. This is the only way I know to improve, to work, so it’s what I’m doing now.”