Bouzanis told the Sunday Mirror: “It was obviously a massive statement when Rafa said what he did.
“I haven’t met that level of expectation yet, but I don’t regret what Rafa said because it gives your confidence a massive lift.
“I still feel I have got something to prove. I haven’t gone down the Liverpool route, but something big can still happen to my career if I keep working hard.
“I’m loving every minute at Oldham. They have given me the opportunity to play and I’ve got no regrets.
“Sometimes you have to take a step backwards to eventually get the chance to take two steps forward – just like my best mate Tom Ince.”