English midfielder Joey Barton has revealed that he has been made to feel very welcome at Marseille.
However, he has only been able to represent Les Phoceens in European competitions so far because of a 12-match suspension that he was handed back in England for his conduct on the final day of last season.
With his return to action drawing closer, Barton has admitted that he has found it easy to settle into his new surroundings.
"I thought that integration would be more difficult in French football, the French culture and way of life, but it was facilitated by the club," he told the club's official website.
"The staff and players have been incredibly welcoming. It's like a family. Everyone helps everyone, people talk, say hello, are kind and friendly.
"Many clubs are not like that. Where I come from, there are many clubs where the players and the staff are separated from the rest."
Barton has made one appearance for his new club this season.