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Nicklas Bendtner has said he is trying extremely hard to break into the Wolfsburg starting XI and that he is tired of being "portrayed as an idiot".
The former Arsenal player has endured a frustrating time since joining the German club in the summer of 2014, very rarely making the starting line-up - he has made it just three times this season - and usually making do with a place on the bench.
Ahead of Wolfsburg's crucial Champions League clash with Manchester United on Tuesday, Bendtner has declared he is trying very hard to prove he is capable of leading the forward line for a top European club - and that he is annoyed at how he is often portrayed.
“You can ask anyone at Wolfsburg: Is Nicklas in the gym before training?" he said. "Is Nicklas always in the gym after training? And anyone would confirm that [I am]. I have even bought an exercise bike for my flat. That I am working hard is there for everyone to see.
“I have always had a huge desire but perhaps not always the right perspective. I used to think that a forward’s responsibility was to score goals. Now I know that you have to run as well. I don’t say yes to every interview request. I am tired of being portrayed as an idiot. And even journalists who I trust are not capable of describing in words what I am feeling when I am not playing.”
Bendtner also admitted his favourite animal is a tiger, stating: “The tiger stands at the end of the food chain. He eats to survive, without any compassion, he doesn’t even feel it. He is the predator par excellence, an animal of dangerous beauty.”