Sampdoria defender Shkodran Mustafi says moving to Italy has improved his game.

Mustafi moved to Serie A after coming through Everton's academy.

"Someone had to Google my name to find me when I arrived at Samp," he told Il Secolo XIX. "But I think I've played well enough to make sure that doesn't happen anymore!

"In England I grew up a lot in terms of athleticism, but at Samp I have become the compete defender.

"There is no better League than the Italian one if you want to improve in my role.

"I didn't think I would get any playing time at the World Cup - so this tournament has exceeded all my expectations."

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