Former Manchester City defender Jerome Boateng has passed a damning verdict on the Premier League.
Boateng spent 2010-11 at Manchester City, where 19-year-old compatriot Leroy Sane arrived in a £37million deal from Schalke, and does not have fond memories and he has warned there was no honeymoon period in the Premier League, that the press are ruthless and, most damningly, that “everything is terrible”.
“In England, you have to operate immediately,” Boateng told Sport Bild magazine.
“You actually need a period of settling in, because on the island, different football is played.
“But the English press does not give you any time for it, immediately raising it. This is not easy for a player.
“Some can handle criticism a bit better, but others say: ‘What am I doing here?’ Everything is terrible, even the weather.”
Boateng’s spell at City under Roberto Mancini was short-lived after he made a £10.4million move from Hamburg.
He remained behind Vincent Kompany and Joleon Lescott in the pecking order before being sold to Bayern Munich for £11m.
He has since won the Champions League and World Cup.
Meanwhile, Sane is still working his way back from a hamstring injury that has stalled the start of his life at City.
The teen has been with the Germany under-21s during this international break after being dropped from the senior line-up.
So far he has just four appearances off the bench and one start in the EFL Cup.