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Stoke defender Woodgate: Real Madrid move changed my life

Stoke City defender Jonathan Woodgate has no regrets over his move to Real Madrid.

Woodgate's switch was plagued by injury woes.

But he told the Mail on Sunday: "Madrid made me as a character and a person. When you're young you do some stupid things and I was no angel. But when I went to Spain it made me grow up.

"It was the best thing I ever did. I was injured a lot but I learned the language and tried to fit into the culture. It has massive benefits from a football point of view as well.

"I'd advise anyone to do it if they had the chance, including the England players. I saw first-hand what makes the really big players - that winning mentality. They just refuse to be beaten. Raul made a big impression on me, the way he trained hard every day."

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