Bojan: ‘Players threatened at Roma’

Bojan says he feels “more respected outside the pitch” in England as at Roma “we lost a game and the fans were waiting for us at the training ground”.

The 28-year-old came through the Barcelona youth system before playing for Roma and Milan, and he’s currently plying his trade at Stoke City.

“Here in England is the place I feel more respected outside the pitch,” Bojan told BBC Sport.

“I feel really proud of my career – more here in England than in Spain. There are different mentalities. Here the people respect you.

“I felt this is a nice place. I played in the semi-final of the Champions League, I played for big teams, and now I’m in the Championship. This emotionally is difficult but I’m enjoying it.

“In Spain and Italy, when you win you are the best and when you lose, you are very bad.

“In Italy, one game you win and score, you cannot go in the street because the people are so enthusiastic, and when you lose they go crazy. After the game they wait for you.

“When I was in Rome, we lost a game and the fans were waiting for us at the training ground. The next game was against Lazio, the game of the year.

“They said ‘today you can lose but the next game there is no excuse not to win’. But it wasn’t said that nicely.

“Many players don’t care about that pressure. There are players who are more sensitive. Here in England, you don’t feel this and can enjoy playing. It’s different to play here than those places.”

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