Chelsea midfielder Marko Marin has spoken of his desire to remain in La Liga with Sevilla and also claims that previous comparisons made between him and Argentine superstar Lionel Messi will soon resurface.
24-year-old Marin joined the Blues from Bundesliga outfit Werder Bremen back in July 2012 yet failed to impose himself sufficiently in West London and made just six Premier League appearances during the 2012/13 season before being sent out on loan to the Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán for the duration of the current campaign.
He appears to have faired slightly better in La Liga, where he has made nine appearances before struggling with a troublesome thigh problem.
"Sevilla want me to stay, but that's not a decision only they can make. I would like to stay too because I really like it here, but in the end, it's up to Chelsea what happens," the Chelsea midfielder told German newspaper Bild in an interview that was cited by The Independent.
"What matters now is that I get fully fit again. When I am fit, then we want to reach for the top. We are within touching distance of Champions League qualification and that is our goal. We've got the quality for it."
You can say one for thing for Marin, though. The German international, who was previously dubbed 'the German Messi', certainly doesn't appear to lack self-confidence and expects the comparisons with the Barcelona ace to resurface soon.
"I'm loving it here in Spain. The club, team and the fans - everything is perfect. People love me in Spain. I've already been likened to Messi, and when I am really fit again then these comparisons will resurface.
"I just need two or three more weeks. Everything is really perfect here, probably better than in England, even though I did enjoy my time at Chelsea," he added.
Given his lack of impact at Stamford Bridge, you have to think that Marin's chances of completing a move away from Chelsea upon the expiration of his temporary deal at Sevilla.