Newcastle new boy Cheik Tiote has revealed compatriot Didier Drogba advised him to come to England to further his football education.
The 24-year-old Ivory Coast international, who played every minute of his country's World Cup finals campaign in South Africa, joined the Magpies during the summer transfer window after his Chelsea counterpart had sold the Barclays Premier League to him.
Midfielder Tiote, who joins compatriots Drogba, Kolo and Yaya Toure, Salomon Kalou and Emmanuel Eboue in the Premier League, told the club's official website: "He [Drogba] is someone I know well.
"I have learned a lot from him, he's a great guy. It was him who suggested to me that I come and play football in England.
"The English league is very well known over there. I think it is a sign of the quality of the Cote d'Ivoire players that there are so many of them playing in England.
"I know them all well and I have seen a few of them already since arriving."