Liverpool midfielder Joe Cole feels that his time in France has helped him develop tactically as he continues to impress on his season long loan at Lille.
Cole made the move to France at the beginning of the season and quickly became a regular starter where he has formed a good partnership in midfield with in-demand youngster Eden Hazard.
The 30-year-old has appeared in 24 league games this season and he has revealed that he is still enjoying life in France.
"On a tactical level I have improved. I have opened my eyes," he told L'Equipe, as reported on Sky Sports. "I like the freedom given to the players. At Lille, we play a very attacking game.
"I was often confused when I played with English clubs against continental teams, because we could never win the ball.
"Now I can understand why. Ball possession is a key part in the players' education here.
"The role of the full-backs is vital in France, particularly at Lille. Mathieu Debuchy and Franck Beria help bring in extra numbers in attack. In England, the back four guys are just there to defend."
While Liverpool have been struggling to find goals this season, Cole has shown he still has an eye for goal, finding the back of the net on five occasions this season.
The England international has also revealed how he feels his technical ability has made it easier for him to play in France and to impress.
"I am lucky to be 'bi-culture'. I was born an English player but my football is continental," continued Cole. "Since my childhood I have had to evolve against the trend. If I had been French, I would have probably developed my football with more ease.
"I'm a little like Glenn Hoddle or Chris Waddle who had so much fun here."
Cole is due to return to Liverpool at the end of his loan spell but it seems he would be more than happy to remain with Lille should they attempt to sign him on a permanent deal next season.