Sunderland ace Jan Kirchhoff says moving to the Stadium of Light was the best decision of his career as he speaks of his happiness at playing regular first-team football, the Sun reports.
The versatile midfielder joined the Black Cats from Bayern Munich in the January transfer window.
Despite joining a side who are in the midst of a relegation battle and are in grave danger of being relegation from the Premier League, Kirchhoff feels it was a great decision on his part to join the club.
“I think it was the best move I’ve ever made — to just free my mind and to play without a lot of pressure. In Germany I was behind what I expect from myself. I had a three-year contract at Munich and only spent one year there,” he was quoted as saying by the Sun.
“I went on loan to Schalke. I got a lot of problems over there, it was really a bad time for me. I was really unhappy and, playing football, I was really uncomfortable.”
“This is the first time for maybe two-and-half years I’m feeling really good and happy.”
Kirchhoff has made a big impact at Sunderland as he reaps the rewards of regular first-team action.
The 25-year-old is capable of playing in either position across the back four as well as in midfield, and thus far under Sam Allardyce he has been deployed as a holding midfielder to great effect.
Kirchhoff has made nine Premier League appearances since joining the Wearside club, averaging a hugely impressive 3.6 tackles, 2.8 interceptions and 4-2 effective clearances per top-flight encounter.
Many argue that Sunderland wouldn’t be in the position they currently find themselves in had Lamine Kone, Kirchhoff and boss Sam Allardyce since the start if the Premier League campaign.
But that was the risk the trio took upon joining Sunderland, and they now need a return of at least three wins from their remaining seven matches to give them any hope of avoiding the drop.