Wolfsburg and Denmark striker Nicklas Bendtner has said that he’s “tired of being portrayed as an idiot” and that he’s working harder than ever.
The 27-year-old has had a tough time to get into the starting XI at Wolfsburg since joining the club ahead of last season. The former Arsenal player is tired of being made fun of in the media, and has said that he’s working his hardest to get back into the starting lineup.
“You can ask anyone at Wolfsburg: Is Nicklas in the gym before training? Is Nicklas always in the gym after training? And anyone would confirm that [I am],” Bendtner told German magazine 11Freunde. “I have even bought an exercise bike for my flat. That I am working hard is there for everyone to see.
“I have always had a huge desire but perhaps not always the right perspective. I used to think that a forward’s responsibility was to score goals. Now I know that you have to run as well.”
Bendtner has only started three games for Wolfsburg this season, often coming in off the bench late in the second half. He received a lot of criticism after Denmark fell to Sweden in the Euro 2016 qualification playoffs, with one newspaper having a caricature of Bendtner in a wheelchair, after Zlatan Ibrahimovic made a comment that he had sent Denmark’s team into retirement.
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“I don’t say yes to every interview request. I am tired of being portrayed as an idiot. And even journalists who I trust are not capable of describing in words what I am feeling when I am not playing.”
Wolfsburg currently sits in 5th place in the Bundesliga with 25 points in 15 games. The team lost 2-1 to Borussia Dortmund on Saturday with Bendtner spending the whole game on the bench.