Manchester United defender Marcos Rojo claims he is learning English at a quicker pace than his teammate Angel di Maria - but admits the Red Devils’ record signing is unlikely to agree.
The Argentina internationals are currently in the process of learning English at the same classes, and Rojo says that being able to joke with his Spanish-speaking compatriot during lessons helps ease the intensity and difficulty of attempting to master a new language.
However, the versatile left-sided centre-back appreciates that getting to grips with the English language is essential for his development at Manchester United.
Rojo: I'm better than Di Maria!
"We go to classes together, so we have a little laugh while we're learning. I think that helps us both,” Rojo told the Red Devils’ official website. "I think I'm doing better than him, but that's what he said as well!"
He added: “Communication is very important, of course - for example, to help tell someone when to make a run. It is very, very important.
"I think I am getting better and I'm hoping to get a good grip of English as quickly as I possibly can."
Rojo: Premier League is the best
Rojo was also asked about his first few months as a Premier League player - and the former Sporting Lisbon star admits it’s been a significant step up in quality from the Portuguese top flight.
“The level is very high,” the 24-year-old continued. “There is no doubt in my mind that it's the best league in the world.”
And despite taking a cheeky dig at his English skills, Rojo also reserved some special praise for Di Maria, who is poised to make his first appearance since suffering a hamstring tear in last month’s 3-0 win over Hull City.
"Angel has also started very well,” Rojo added. “He’s a great player and he can be the difference for us in every game he plays."
Rojo missed Sunday afternoon’s 3-0 victory over Liverpool after suffering an injury in training, and it’s currently unclear when the 24-year-old will be fit enough to return. However, Louis van Gaal is not expected to be without his £16 million summer signing for too long.
Manchester United have coped well in Di Maria’s absence. Sunday’s victory over Brendan Rodgers’ side was the Red Devils’ sixth consecutive win - and they remain eight points behind league-leaders Chelsea in third position.