Spain international Javi Martinez has seen and done it all with Bayern Munich since swapping the Basque Country for Bavaria in summer 2012.

A debut season treble was just the start for the 28-year-old defensive specialist, who believes good old fashioned hard work is one of the key contributing factors to his and Bayern's continued success.

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bundesliga.com: Javi Martinez, when you arrived at Bayern in 2012 you were the most expensive signing in the club's history. Did a lot of pressure come with that?

Javi Martinez: I didn't view it like that but as something that gave me a great sense of satisfaction.

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bundesliga.com: Are you a born winner? You have won the Bundesliga, DFB Cup, UEFA Champions League and FIFA Club World Cup with Bayern, as well as the World Cup and European Championship with Spain…

Martinez: I've had great team-mates. In all the teams I've played in, we've always been friends too. Obviously here I spend most time with the guys who speak Spanish. Claudio Pizarro was my first friend here.

bundesliga.com: Why are Bayern always so consistently better than their opponents?

Martinez: The main thing is that we work very hard. We've got a fantastic squad but the people behind the scenes also work very well and bring in the best players to the club.

bundesliga.com: The injury you suffered in 2013 was the worst you have ever suffered in you career. How do you stay positive when you're not able to do what you love doing?

Martinez: It was the toughest period of my life. I learned to accept what the doctors told me. Previously, if they said I needed to be on the sidelines for two weeks for a minor injury, I'd come back much sooner even though the pain hadn't completely gone. I realised that was a dangerous attitude for me to have.

Martinez is on track for a fifth successive Bundesliga title. © gettyimages / Christof Koepsel/Bongarts

bundesliga.com: You spent several months going to doctor's appointments and on rehabilitation machines. How did that help your recovery?

Martinez: I wasn't in any pain, I felt good. But I learned to wait. I understood that if the doctor said no, then that was an order.

bundesliga.com: You arrived at Bayern from Athletic Bilbao, which is famous for having one of the most passionate fan bases in Spain. After all your years in Germany, where do you think the fans are loudest?

Martinez: Germans shout more – a lot more. I'm not sure if they're more passionate because they're very passionate in Spain too. In the Cathedral [as Bilbao's stadium is known], the atmosphere is insane. Here the stadiums are full to bursting. It's packed out when we play at home and at every stadium we go to. It's incredible.

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