Summer signing Aly Cissokho has revealed that he’s found it easy to settle into life at Aston Villa because of teammates like Charles N’Zogbia.
Cisskho, 27, spent the 2013-14 campaign on loan at Liverpool from Valencia, but struggled to fit in at the club while dealing with injuries and poor form, making 19 total appearances before returning to Spain.
He moved back to England in August, however, sealing a £2.5 million switch to Villa Park, and has since been an ever-present in the Premier League, crediting his fellow Frenchman for helping him make a smooth transition this time around.
“When you come to a new club, it's good to have someone you can talk to,” he told the club’s official website.
"Everything is new - the club, the city, the team, team-mates so it was good to have someone who can help and talk to me every day and he still does now.
"Charles and Philippe Senderos speak French which made the transition a lot easier for me and made me feel welcome when I first arrived."
Cissokho also added that he’s struck up an excellent relationship with fellow August arrival Carlos Sanchez, who, despite being Colombian, is well-versed in the French language from his time in Ligue 1 with Valenciennes.
“Carlos is a good guy, a nice guy and speaks French as well,” he said.
"He's a new player like me and that's why it's good to have Carlos around.
"He has started his Villa career really well too and adapted to the lifestyle."