"I grew up in Poland, in Jastrzebie-Zdroj, a sad little city where there were problems with the mining crisis. And we were in the roughest district, with a lot of kids who stole. It wasn’t an easy place to live... The only way was to become a footballer. When I play now, I leave my heart on the pitch! I play with my guts, because nobody has ever given me anything for free in my life."
His experience at Real Madrid
"Being at Real at the age of eighteen or nineteen is brilliant. An unforgettable experience. I used to call my mum almost every day to tell her about it. But in 2008, with Real wanting me to continue in the third team, I preferred to return to Poland and sign for a First Division club, I wanted to move forward."
His years at Torino
"That club made me grow as a player and a man. I have to thank Mister (Giampiero) Ventura, who took me from Bari to Torino. We grew together, and now he’s the Italy manager. I could talk to him about anything, not just football. I’m sure he still watches my games."
His attachment to his roots
"Several times in these last few years, I told my mum to come with me to Turin, or here to Monaco. But she’s still working in the country, at a market, and still lives in the same apartment. She has her life, her friends over there, and it wouldn’t be easy to come here and change her whole life. And as soon as I am on holiday or get a few days off, I head back to Jastrzebie-Zdroj, where all my family and friends live. That’s my home."