Scaloni settling in

Lionel Scaloni says he has settled in well to life in London after completing his move from Deportivo La Coruna at the end of the January transfer window.

The on-loan right-back made a solid start to his Premiership career in last week's 2-0 victory over Sunderland, and has already established himself as a popular figure down at the Chadwell Heath training ground - always smiling and happy to talk to despite lacking a command of the English language.

After Spanish-speaking Yossi Benayoun acted as an interpreter last week, this time it was Club Doctor Ges Steinbergs - fluent in Italian - who stepped in to help with the translation. The Argentinian international, whose family originate from Italy, spoke about his introduction to the English game and revealed how impressed he was by the vocal support of the Boleyn Ground faithful.

"I enjoyed my debut against Sunderland very much, especially because we won the game," said Lionel. "I found the first half quite tough, and the speed of the ball surprised me, but I felt happier in the second half and began to settle into the match.

"I was very impressed with the atmosphere and feeling in the stadium - it was incredible. I especially liked to hear the supporters singing their song, some people at the Club have already told me about the 'Bubbles', and they were singing throughout the match - in Spain the singing only starts when a team is winning!"

Having enjoyed a perfect beginning on the field in England, Lionel is also quickly adjusting to life away from football in his new country, and reveals that the presence of several fellow countrymen in the capital has helped him to settle, while his new team-mates have also done their bit to make him feel at home.

"I've settled in really well," he said. "Obviously it has been difficult to communicate with my colleagues because I don't speak very good English, but they have all helped to make me feel welcome and tried their best to converse with me.

"On Wednesday, the chef cooked a paella for my benefit and wrote a message welcoming me to West Ham, which was a very nice gesture and one that made me feel very happy.

"My family came over to watch the match against Sunderland, but they have returned to Spain now and so I am living here on my own at the moment. However, I have some friends over here, such as Crespo at Chelsea and Naybet at Tottenham.

"I also have a few friends outside of football who have moved to London and work here, so I am not lonely! Now I want to keep working on my English lessons, and hopefully enjoy another victory on the pitch against Birmingham City."