He says he is settling well into life in England after his August move from Werder Bremen – and doesn't mind playing through the Christmas period for the first time in his career.
"In Germany you get a break, only in England you play," he told The Sentinel, "but I like it because in December you cannot go anywhere because it is cold. You have to fly and it takes 10 hours and I don't like flying.
"It is a hard league here and a fast league. They like also to play football. I like to be here. It is my style of play.
"I like to play in the stadiums. At home they go crazy. The noise is loud and I like this. Sometimes you have to put your hands to your ears because it is too loud.
"I like to play for this club, so I hope to play for a long time."
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