"They talk and say, 'This player is not right for this league'. Yet I won the league. These people have forgotten the past.
"You cannot say, 'David is a player who never won, you won't win anything with David'. That is not true! You have to base your opinion on something real, not something fake.
"I use the word perception. That is all it is. I am not going to fight to change the perception of these people, who decide to have this view of me because they want to.
"They have not analysed me properly. I am not going to waste my time on that.
"But I will always say — every single time I trained or played, I did my best. I played with my heart. I never tried to run away from anything. I always showed my face.
"I arrived in England, at 23, and I was a defender who played from the back — no one did that, I was different. Some did not like it. Now, 11 years later, everyone does it… 'Ah, isn't he a great defender, he can play from the back!'"