New West Ham defender Issa Diop has talked about the biggest difference he has noticed since switching to the Premier League from Ligue 1 over the summer.
The 21-year-old, who made his debut with French side Toulouse at age 18 ahead of 76 more league outings, decided to test his mettle in England’s top flight this season and admitted that he has already realised that the physicality is very different from what he became used to back in France.
“It’s going very well, they are nice to me” he told local Toulouse newspaper La Depeche. “Before arriving I did not know them personally but I knew who they were because I watched football on TV.
“Speaking English is fine, too. I went to school so I use what I can remember!”
“It has always been a dream to play for France,” he declared. “If it happens, it happens, otherwise too bad!
“I have always said that I will only play for France and for no-one else. Whether I’m selected or even if I’m never selected with the seniors, I will not play for another country.
“I was born in France, it’s France that I have everything for, so I do not see why I would play for another country.”