Stephane Dalmat believes Bordeaux are the ideal club to help him settle in what has been a well travelled career.
The talented midfield schemer has had somewhat of a nomadic existence since leaving France as a 21-year-old, pitching up at Internazionale and Tottenham amongst others, but he is now looking for a more permanent home.
Dalmat is confident that having arrived at Bordeaux in the summer he will quickly settle and establish himself as a key member of what is a talented Ligue 1 side, after leaving Racing Santander with a bad taste in his mouth.
"Physically I am fine, even if I am late," said Dalmat. "Above all I miss pace and competition.
"I believe in three weeks I will be really fit. Nothing has worked at Santander. I could not adapt both to the town and the club.
"My dream was to play in Spain, but that club was not for me. I take on that mistake. There, my image has been tarnished.
"A lot of things have been invented and I have been affected. I left France young, at 21-years-old, maybe I stayed too long abroad.
"I have signed here for one year, we will see. I start from scratch. I am another man for another career.
"I have experience, but no certainties, however I have a big motivation. I want to show my abilities. I also want to show another image."
Meanwhile, reported Bordeaux target Renato, who currently plies his trade in Brazil with Flamengo, has denied he is in talks about a possible switch to Europe.
The accomplished defender is believed to be firmly on Bordeaux's radar but he is reticent to divulge any more details.
''I know nothing of that interest," he claimed. "I let my agent do his job"