Leander Dendoncker has taken time to reflect on his career during lockdown but admits the break from football has strengthened an already tight bond between him and his Wolves teammates.
The versatile Belgian, who has celebrated his 25th birthday during the Premier League suspension, notes the challenges but also the positives that lockdown has brought to him, as he remains well connected with the squad and explains why Wolves is where he belongs.
On taking time to reflect
“You have more time to think, you have time to reflect and time to look at yourself, stand in front of the mirror and ask yourself ‘am I doing things right? Am I doing things how I’m supposed to do them?’
“It’s interesting to have time to think about all of these things and to get mentally ready again to compete.
“I recently celebrated my 25th birthday and although for a football career it’s not young anymore, it’s not old either, so I’m still ambitious and have a lot of ambition.
“I speak to my parents and they are really proud of where I am right now, but as a footballer, you want to go as high as possible – you always want to do better, to reach more and work harder.
“But at the same time, I think what we’re doing at Wolverhampton is really great, it’s amazing. It’s the second season in a row that we are showing it was not luck in the first season, so I’m quite good where I am.”
On the positives and negatives of lockdown
“The biggest challenge has been to follow up the instructions. It’s been tough for everyone to not go outside to see family, to see friends and to go to a restaurant to have dinner like we were used to do.
“For that point of view, that might be the toughest thing about it because I don’t think we have ever experienced a situation like this before.
“In a way it’s nice because you kind of have time for yourself and we know that before the lockdown, everything is always rushed, and you never have time for anything.
“But now, all of a sudden, you have time for everything and maybe too much time, because I think a lot of people are tired of the lockdown now and want to go back to how things were before lockdown as soon as possible.”