Marseille winger Florian Thauvin has admitted that he did not succeed in England because he made his move too soon.
Thauvin signed for Newcastle from Marseille two years ago, but is now back at the Stade Velodrome and doing remarkably well.
Having rejoined the French side on loan last season, the 24-year-old scored 15 goals in Ligue 1, also registering 12 assists. He has continued in the same vein this term, with eight goals and five assists to his name so far, after making the move permanent.
“The league is completely different. It’s far more physical,” the attacker said to uefa.com, ahead of his team's Europa League showdown with Red Bull Salzburg.
“There’s a lot more contact. You need to be ready, you have to put on muscle before going to the Premier League.
“It was too early for me. It’s a transfer that happened quickly. Normally, you take your time, you think about it, but for me it all happened too quickly after Marcelo Bielsa’s departure.
“I was young, I was 22. At 22, you leave your country, you discover a new culture, a new language, a new league, the food isn’t the same. It’s complicated, but they’re things that help you grow up."
He went on to state that he feels very much at home playing for the French outfit once more, referring to their home stadium as his "garden."
“Marseille, it’s my home, it’s my home,” he continued.
“The Velodrome is my garden. We can see, I score a lot more goals at home than away.
“I feel good here, I’ve been here for years. I know everyone at the club, it’s like a family for me. I am well surrounded, and it shows on the ground.
“I have a very good relationship with the staff and coach.”