Rat spoke with former club Shakhtar Donetsk's website about how he has settled in London.
Rat told whufc.com: "West Ham is a very friendly team. All the guys were very open and they helped me in every way to integrate. Of course, my knowledge of the English language helped me to quickly blend in with the team. A foreigner always finds getting used to life in a new country easier if he or she speaks the language of the local people. I already speak five languages: Russian, English, Spanish, Portuguese and, of course, the Romanian language.
"Basically, I have a good relationship with all the guys, but I communicate more with the team captain Kevin Nolan. Also, I have developed a friendly relationship with Joe Cole. He and I shared a room during the pre-season training camp."
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