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19.03.2009 14:27

Hleb: “I don’t regret signing”

Berta Brau

The Belarus international admits that he’s not completely satisfied with the way things are working out for him but denies any regrets over moving to “one of the best teams in the world”. As for the Champions league, he has no preferences.

Alexander Hleb spoke at a press conference on Thursday and told reporters that he wasn’t playing as well as he did with Arsenal and so it was a “difficult” season. However, he firmly denied any regrets over his decision to move to Barcelona. “Not playing is a difficult situation for me but I don’t regret signing for Barça, one of the best teams in the world”.

A new experience for Hleb

19-03-09_WEB_HELB_01.jpgHleb also admitted that living in Barcelona had been a new experience for him: “It’s not being easy to adapt here. I’m in a team where practically all the players can get into the starting eleven and getting a game is difficult. That’s a new situation for me, from which I have to learn. What I have to do is work hard and keep on training so that I can give my best when the team needs me”.

A change of attitude

Alexander Hleb explained that he has had a change of attitude, which has had a positive effect on his morale: “Before Christmas I was fairly upset because I only knew that I wanted to play and I couldn’t. I didn’t understand what was happening. However, now I’m better because I understand that I need a little more time to settle in”.

No preferences for the Champions League

Next up for Barça is the draw for the Champions League on Friday. Hleb has no preferences as to the quarterfinal opponent though he accepted that the English teams are difficult and that Porto is the team he knows least about: “All the rivals are difficult and so they will require maximum concentration”.
Hleb: “I don’t regret signing”
Language problems
Despite being in Barcelona for about six months, Hleb still hasn’t plucked up courage to speak in Spanish and admits this could have hindered his adaptation: “I find it really difficult. I understand it but speaking is very complicated”.

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