"It has helped me a lot," he said of his time in Italy. "When I was at Chelsea I had to change the football and culture.
"I needed to change my football so I went to Italy, I played good and it's helped me to be where I am at the moment.
"I have good memories there, which is great. They helped me to improve myself as a person and a player, so I have to say thank you very much and hopefully see each other soon - play against each other maybe!"
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