RB Leipzig striker Timo Werner reflected on his short but eventful career, noting that he still struggles to believe how far he's come as a player.
The 21-year old product of the Stuttgart youth academy signed for Leipzig ahead of their remarkable debut Bundesliga season which saw them beat the likes of Borussia Dortmund, Hoffenheim and FC Koln to the league's runner-up spot.
At that point Werner had already earned the honour of being the youngest Stuttgart player to ever play in a competitive match for the club and he would go on to earn a further 94 Bundesliga caps for Die Schwaben before his move to the newly promoted Leipzig.
Speaking to the club's official magazine, the player, whose 21 league goals were a major contributor to their success last season, shared his disbelief at the fact that he's already managed 126 Bundesliga appearances at his tender age.
"It’s been crazy," he said. "At the start, I had no idea how many Bundesliga games I'd have played by now. I’d lose count if I started counting now, but I still look forward to every game like it is my first.
"To walk out into a Bundesliga stadium every week is an amazing feeling – even though it’s going to be even more of a challenge next season."
His impressive tally of goals also made him a natural choice for the Germany squad currently participating in the Confederations Cup, an honour he does not take lightly.
"When you become a senior international, it’s a special achievement," Werner continued, "I used to watch guys like Thomas Müller and Manuel Neuer on the TV.
"Now I’m part of the Confederations Cup team, but you can't afford to rest on your laurels."