Mohamed Diame believes he has already settled in east London despite only being at West Ham United for a few weeks.
The 25-year-old got his first taste of life as a Hammer during the club's training camp in Austria, playing the full 90 minutes in the 3-1 defeat to FK Austria Wien. The midfielder will have to wait before pulling on the claret and blue shirt again though, as he jetted off straight away to join up with the Senegal squad for the 2012 Olympic Games.
Speaking to whufc.com, the Senegal international praised his new team-mates and colleagues for giving him the perfect welcome.
"It was great to meet up with the rest of the team and to start pre-season training. Everybody has been very welcoming to me, the other players and all the staff. It made me feel good and it was nice to start getting settled," he said. "The week we had in Austria was very good - it was very hot and we worked hard - it was nice to get started.
"I think everyone was happy with the work we did and there is also a great spirit in the team, as I said, it made feel very welcome."
Diame, who became Sam Allardyce's third summer signing, now hopes he can build on his Hammers' debut, believing that the Olympics will provide the perfect platform ahead of the new domestic season.
"We had a good week and now we have to keep working hard towards the new season - I will be with Senegal now for the rest of pre-season but I am looking to come back and help play my part on the training pitch and for the team when the new season begins."