Morgan Amalfitano has admitted he was disappointed to have to leave Marseille this summer.
The midfielder wanted to stay with the Ligue 1 club, but was forced to depart once again after being deemed surplus to requirements.
That rejection from the French side meant that West Ham United were able to complete a permanent move for the 29-year-old, but he admits that he wishes he was given a chance back with his former team.
"Considering the season I had last year in England in such a league, I think I wanted to stay at Marseille with a manager who stood for beautiful football," Amalfitano told Canal+.
"I think that in the team they have today I would have fitted in well. There you have it, it is like that.
"It had to happen like this. There are things that have been done and things that were not destined to happen."
Despite his disappointment at having to leave Marseille, his move to West Ham has been a good one and he has largely impressed during his time at the club so far.
Although it would be wrong to call the French international a permanent fixture in the Hammers starting line-up, he has still made a number of appearances so far.
Amalfitano has appeared in nine of Sam Allardyce's side's 13 Premier League to date and has played his part in their good start to the season.
West Ham are currently occupying fifth spot in the top-flight table and there is talk emerging about their potential to break into Europe.
If they are able to be, it is likely that any regrets Amalfitano has about his move will be banished.
West Ham take on West Bromwich Albion later this evening, where they will be aiming to consolidate their position in the upper echelons of the table.