Shinji Kagawa says he is adapting well to life in England after swapping Borussia Dortmund for Manchester United.
The Japan international joined United from Dortmund in June for a reported fee of 22 million euros.
Set to make his debut for United on Tuesday against South African opponents AmaZulu, Kagawa said his first impression of northwest England has been favourable.
“The city and architecture is quite different from Dortmund,” Kagawa wrote in his official blog.
“And I still feel like I am a tourist; everything is new and exciting.
“Manchester is very relaxing and the time is flowing very slowly. I think this is a great environment for a football player.”
Kagawa has embraced his roots in the J-League’s second division by wearing the same number, 26, he wore at Cerezo Osaka.
The 23-year-old also took the time to praise the fans for making his time at Dortmund so special.
“The stadium’s zealous and overwhelming atmosphere, all created by the supporters – the whole Dortmund experience will remain on my heart forever,” he wrote.
“Because of your support and cheering, I became who I am, and I am standing where I am now.”
United manager Alex Ferguson confirmed Kagawa will be in his starting line-up against Durban-based club AmaZulu.
“The priority is to get the experienced players fit but young players will play in each game,” Ferguson told reporters.
“It’s likely that Kagawa will start with Chicharito.”