On-loan Sevilla winger Marko Marin has told Sport Bild he sought a move away from Chelsea in order to secure regular first-team football.
Marin joined Sevilla in the summer on a season-long loan only a year after his €8 million switch to the Blues from Werder Bremen, and he has already made seven appearances in all competitions for the Liga club,
During his 12 months at Stamford Bridge, Marin made 16 competitive appearances for the Europe League winners.
"My time at Chelsea was super, I had my time on the pitch and we won the Europa League," Marin told Sport Bild. "But I wanted to play more. FC Sevilla are one of the biggest clubs in Spain, and won back-to-back UEFA Cup titles in 2006 and 2007.
"Moreover, coach Unay Emery and sporting director Monchi wanted me as part of the rebuilding here. They even visited me during my holidays in order to convince me. That trust was good for me."
The Germany international cited a fitness setback as the reason he failed to live up to expectations with Chelsea. He said: "Firstly: It is not like I did not play. Secondly: Before I got injured [a muscular injury] and was sidelined for several months, I was in the starting line-up during pre-season. Chelsea was a great experience for me, I have not rued a single minute."
Marin said he was delighted to have played with the likes of Blues pair Frank Lampard and John Terry, whom he praised as "real leaders you don’t find in Germany any more."
"When we were on bad run after our Champions League exit, Terry put his foot down and held a speech and in front of the coach and the team said where it’s at from now on," he said. "We all respected that and followed him."