By Danny Wright
Oliver Burke believes that he had to leave Nottingham Forest in order to help him reach his potential as a player.
The Scottish international star became the country’s most expensive player when Bundesliga new-boys RB Leipzig signed him for a reported fee of £13million in the summer.
Despite him being in and out of the Leipzig team this season, Burke believes that he had to quit the City Ground in order to give himself a footballing education in Germany.
His current side are one of the stories of the season in European football as they are currently second in the Bundesliga after leading the way in the early parts of the campaign. Only Bayern Munich have a better record in Germany than Burke’s side.
The 19-year-old has made 19 league appearances for Leipzig since his August 2016 switch and has contributed with one goal and two assists.
In his debut for the club he came off the bench to assist Naby Keita in scoring an 89th minute winner against Borussia Dortmund.
“I’ve loved every moment of it and I just love the fact that I’m getting better and better,” said to BBC Scotland. “That’s what I came here for. I wouldn’t want to go to a club not knowing that I’m going to get better than what I was at Nottingham Forest.”
“I’ve got to take a bit of pressure off myself at times because I do pressure myself, but I’m enjoying it.”
At the start of the season Burke set the banks of the Trent alight with a series of stunning displays which saw him bag four goals in five matches.
After helping the Reds win three of their opening five games, the club have since slumped down the Championship standings and currently face a fight to avoid relegation.
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