David Silva has admitted it is taking him longer than he would have liked to get accustomed to life in the Premier League.
One of Manchester City's big-money summer signings, the 24-year-old has struggled to adapt to the English game. Late to report back for pre-season training following Spain's successful World Cup quest, Silva has been playing catch-up for fitness ever since.
His slightly-built frame also needed to get used to the physical nature of the Premier League. As a result, Silva has been restricted to just 16 minutes of Premier League action since the opening day draw.
And, while he was in Roberto Mancini's starting line-up for the two-legged Europa League qualifier against Timisoara, the £24million arrival from Valencia is yet to impress in a City shirt.
There have even been some suggestions from Spain that Silva is missing life at home and wants to return. It is speculation he refutes, even if he accepts the transition is proving to be a slow one.
"I am getting there, just more slowly than I would have liked," he told the club`s official website. "It's not just about playing games, it's about getting more training sessions under your belt - something I have been able to do more of lately."