Yohan Cabaye admits Joey Barton's situation at Newcastle remains 'tense' but claims the midfielder has helped him to settle.
The Frenchman moved to St James' Park from Lille this summer, offering him a first taste of life in England.
Adapting to a new environment, especially one in the Premier League, can be tough, but Cabaye claims he has been eased in by his helpful team-mates.
He told L'Equipe: "The welcome of the English players? It has been respectful, but they are waiting to see how you perform in a match.
"Once you have shown what you can do, they embrace you. It is the same with the fans."
One man who has played a key role in Cabaye's acclimatisation is the much-maligned Barton.
"When I came here I had a lot of questions," added Cabaye.
"I am sat beside him (Barton) in the changing room and he was immediately nice with me, telling me that if I needed anything I just needed to ask.
"On the pitch he is 100 per cent, like any English player. In training it can sometimes be tense, but he is always in a good frame of mind."