Younes Kaboul believes Portsmouth boss Harry Redknapp is the man to help him develop into a top player.
The pair first met when Redknapp visited Kaboul at his French home whilst he played for Auxerre but he could not lure him away from his homeland back then.
Kaboul joined Pompey recently following a disappointing year at Spurs and the France Under 21 captain has taken up a regular place in Portsmouth's back line.
He is expected to maintain his spot against Middlesbrough on Saturday, ensuring he has featured in every match so far this season and he is determined that Redknapp will bring out his best.
"I want to progress and I know Harry can help me do that. He is ideal for me," Kaboul told The News.
"He's like a dad. He gives you confidence, he doesn't stress you. It's about playing football, that's it. It can be difficult but he gives you confidence to just enjoy.
"If you do something well he tells you. That's normal because he's the manager, but not all managers do that. Harry does.
"It'd met him before and I was impressed. At the time I was too young to leave France, I wasn't ready.
"I can play well here. Harry gives you confidence, gives every player confidence, so it's good for me."