Rafael van der Vaart has admitted to being unhappy at out-of-sorts Spanish giants Real Madrid.
The Dutchman only joined the capital club over the summer, becoming Bernd Schuster's only pre-season acquisition in the process.
A positive start to life at the Santiago Bernabeu brought four goals in his first three games, with Real seemingly well on course to defend their Primera Liga crown.
However, a serious slump has seen them lose momentum in the title race and cost Schuster his job.
Van der Vaart now finds himself out of favour, resigned to filling back-up duties on the bench.
The 25-year-old is growing increasingly agitated at this lack of action, unable to comprehend why he is consistently overlooked by an under-performing side.
"I'm not very happy and I am in a difficult situation," he said.
"I played very well during my first month in the team and scored four goals. But all the blame shouldn't rest on the player, it's a combination of things.
"I do admit that my performance level has dropped."