‘I lost my confidence’ – Oliver Burke on his move from Nottingham Forest to Red Bull Leipzig


Former Nottingham Forest winger Oliver Burke admits he lost his confidence after leaving the Reds for Red Bull Leipzig.

The 20-year-old was being touted as the next Gareth Bale when he left the City Ground for the Bundesliga in a £13m deal in August last year, having produced some breath-taking performances for Forest.

But his move to Germany never worked out, and he started just five league games for Leipzig last season, making 20 sub appearances, before returning to England to join Premier League West Brom for £15m at the end of August.

A hamstring injury has hindered his start to life at The Hawthorns, but he is determined to ultimately get back to his best.

“The last year has been frustrating for me in not having game time and losing my confidence,” he said, in an interview with the Scottish Sun.

Oliver Burke in action for Red Bull Leipzig

“I’ve been a bit down, really. But I feel as if I can pick myself up.

“It’s an exciting time for me.

“I’m relishing this move and I’ve enjoyed it.

“My new team-mates have been brilliant and they’ve made me feel at home.

“I’m really happy to be there, but I need to stay injury-free and get myself on the team sheet every week.

“Was it tough to leave Germany?

“To be honest, when I spoke to the people at Leipzig, from what they were saying, it just wasn’t happening for us.

Oliver Burke celebrates scoring a goal for Forest

“I wasn’t happy with it. I felt as if I’d had a very successful pre-season and things were going well.

“But I wasn’t given an opportunity after that and I couldn’t see my career moving forward being at RB Leipzig.

“It was a great experience going out to Germany.

“Being in a new country, you learn a lot about yourself.

“I feel I’ve become a better player from going there.

“But now I need to play more games and get my confidence back.

“I need to start enjoying my football again, starting now.”



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