His team-mates wasted no time in labelling the Romanian 'Roland' as soon as he arrived at West Ham on a free transfer in May.
Joe Cole showed the bemused left-back where the name came from with YouTube clips of the TV puppet and the 32-year-old has since come to like it.
He said: "It is funny for me, it's not embarrassing.
"There were lots of articles about Roland Rat in Romanian papers and now everyone knows who he is."
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