Liverpool midfielder Joe Cole is delighted with the way he has been welcomed at Lille.

Lille coach Rudi Garcia spoke afterwards of how important it was to give Cole 'confidence' and the more he plays, the more his belief will be restored.

"The lads have been so helpful," he said. "It's hard to explain what they have done specifically. There is one guy who has been doing everything to help me and (his wife) Carly settle in. We ring him and nothing is too much trouble.

"The lads speak a bit of English but every day I'm trying to pick up a couple of new words. I have been trying to learn droit (right) and gauche (left). I've tried to learn "Man On!" (l'homme sur!) That's what I mean. I'm enjoying the challenge on the pitch and off it.

"Listen, I could have gone to an English club. I have played at the top level in England. I have challenged for titles and won everything a few times over, I just thought it was the right time to try a new challenge in a new country.

"This is so different. For instance, it's little things like we've got to carry our own boots and kit to games. The club give you a lot of responsibility. There are a lot of things changing and it's a big challenge."

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