Joe Cole says he’s found happiness at Lille, with the midfielder currently at the League 1 side on a season-long loan from Liverpool.
Cole joined Lille on deadline day, and rumours circulated that the 29-year-old may stay living in England and catch the Eurostar to and from training.
But Cole says he’s loving life in France, and the Liverpool man is finally getting a chance to see cities in the country other than Paris.
“Let's say I knew Lille is on the Eurostar line and it is in the North of France. I only came once to France in Paris, but never at Lille," he told L'Equipe.
"Anyway, I am here to settle, give my very best and fling my body and soul into the fight. I am not a half measure man. My parents came for each match I already played here.
“I want to dive in and submerge myself here, and learn the French language. I studied it for five years in school but I was so hopeless.
" I am determined to learn it one way or another. I am building [little by litte].
"The first time I came to Lille I took the Eurostar. I realised it was faster to join Lille from London that going to Liverpool.”
While Cole admitted he would have loved to play for a club like Barcelona, he insists his move from Liverpool to Lille has brought him happiness all the same.
He explained: "If you ask any player in the world where he would like to play, he would rather reply Real Madrid or Barcelona. But you can't follow a straight path or follow your dreams.
"The most important thing is to find happiness. I came here to play football and have fun. I am very happy, I made the right decision."
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