Marcel Sabitzer: Manchester United loan helped me restore my confidence

Marcel Sabitzer (Photo by GLYN KIRK/AFP via Getty Images)
Marcel Sabitzer (Photo by GLYN KIRK/AFP via Getty Images) /

New Borussia Dortmund signing Marcel Sabitzer has said that spending the last six months on loan at Manchester United helped him restore his self-confidence.

Borussia Dortmund completed the signing of Marcel Sabitzer earlier this week. The Austrian international made the decision to join the Black and Yellows after two rather disappointing seasons at Bayern Munich, where he wasn’t able to get as many chances as he would have liked.

The 29 year old spent the last six months at Manchester United, where he was able to play regularly and gain back his confidence. In a media round on Wednesday evening, Sabitzer spoke about his time in the English Premier League.

"“I’m taking a lot with me from that time. I had a smile on my face every day that I could be there and play. I got a lot of rhythm, a lot of confidence, performed well. And that does something to you. The year and a half before that, I was just written off and it wasn’t that easy. If you can then prove that you can play a role at a club like this, it’s good for your confidence. That’s why I come here with conviction and self-confidence.”"

Straight after completing his transfer to Borussia Dortmund, Sabitzer boarded the flight to San Diego to link up with his new teammates. He could go up against Manchester United on Sunday evening, with the two sides set to face off in a friendly match in Las Vegas.

Marcel Sabitzer also spoke about the prospect of replacing Jude Bellingham at Borussia Dortmund following the England international’s move to Real Madrid. The former RB Leipzig midfielder wants to do his part in making sure that the absence of Bellingham is not felt at BVB in the coming season.

"“It’s not just up to me to replace Bellingham. It’s clear that he leaves a void. He is an exceptional player who accomplished a lot here. But I want to do my part to help make sure that he can be forgotten. We as a group have to pick up the slack.”"

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Sabitzer joined Borussia Dortmund for a transfer fee in the region of 20 million euros, and signed a four year contract with the club.