LUDOVIC Sylvestre insists he is loving life at Blackpool, despite playing a bit-part role in his first season at the club.
When Sylvestre has started in the first team he has caught the eye, and Ian Holloway publicly declared that the French midfielder – “a lovely footballer with a brilliant range of passing” – will be a key man next season.
But this one has been frustrating – six league starts since his £500,000 move from Czech club Mlada Boleslav last summer.
However, Sylvestre insists he is happy with how things have gone. “It’s been good on the field,” he said. “It is a lot different to France but I really like it.
“I arrived seven months ago and I’ve had the chance to play in the Premier League – the best league in the world – and I think I’ve done well when I’ve played.
“The objective of the club is to stay up. I think we deserve to stay up and I’m confident we can do it.
“We’ve got eight games left and we’ll take it match by match. But if we can produce the football we know we can play and stay focused, then we’ll do it.”
The 27-year-old might not have found it so enjoyable without the company of fellow Frenchmen Elliot Grandin and Malaury Martin in the dressing room.
That has undoubtedly helped him settle at the club.
He added: “I’ve moved around a lot and played in quite a few different countries, so it is normal for me not to live in France.
“But the fact that there are a few French players has made it easier for me to adapt. There are a number of French players in the Premier league and some I know, so that helps as well.
“We’ve helped each other to settle here but we are a community as a club and we’re just as good friends with the English players.
“We don’t have separate groups. We are together as one.”
Sylvestre will settle for a place in the squad on Sunday, having failed to make the 18 at Blackburn.