Two long-term injuries to his knee have changed the type of player the midfielder is, but that isn't necessarily a negative.
“I am quite sure that I will never be the same player again that I was," he told the Manchester Evening News.
“But that doesn't mean that I will be weaker or not of the same quality. Just a different player
“That was the second injury on my knee, so obviously my knee doesn't feel like the knee of a 20-year-old footballer who is at the beginning of his professional career.
“I need to do things to take care of everything, but especially the knee.
“Having treatment every day, my routines before and after games, just taking care of my body in general.
“I don't think it's an abnormal thing. It's quite normal at my age - you just need to be more sensible with everything."