Spain international David Silva admits his first few weeks in England have been difficult but is determined to prove his worth at Manchester City.
The 24-year-old was rumoured last week to be contemplating a return to Spain after struggling to come to terms with life in the Premier League.
However, he believes his struggles can be explained by a lack of pre-season training after being given more time than his team-mates to recover from his World Cup exploits.
He told City's official website: "I think that, physically, I'm feeling better day by day. Of course, I need to get a few more minutes on the pitch to get to optimum fitness levels and I'm sure that will happen with so many games coming up.
"I've been away a couple of times with national team and that hasn't helped.
"I've settled well in Manchester but, again, the international break probably came at a bad time for me. I love the club and fans already and I'm starting to learn English so I can communicate better with my team-mates so, as time goes on, things will get easier for me.
"I've been treated really well by everyone and the other players have been great, but I need to push on now. The Premier League is exactly the way I thought it would be with a high-tempo to the games. It's very competitive and a challenge, but one I'm enjoying and ultimately hope to thrive in.
"I think I'm getting up to speed now. It's not just about playing games, it's about getting more training sessions under your belt - something I've been able to do more of late. I'm getting there, just more slowly than I would have liked.
"We have a great squad and it takes time for all the new players to adapt and gel together. We may have lost and drawn the last couple of league games, but we'll soon start climbing the table and I think we'll have a very good season."