The Uruguayan has joined Pellegrini's side on a six-month loan from French giants Paris Saint-Germain and feels that he is in great shape physically despite having not made a single appearance in Ligue 1 this season.
“Pellegrini knows me well from South America and he told me that he personally wanted me in the group for my footballing characteristics. And that’s important for a player’s confidence," he told AS.
“There is no time for adaptation, I have been here since Tuesday. Physically I am fine. I have played with my country but I am missing minutes on the pitch,” reflected the centre-back at his presentation this week.
“I aim to be included in the team, to do the best I can and try to get many minutes. Coming here was best for me. I want to give everything I have.
“My introduction? It was easy, because it is the first time in many years that I understood the language. I know many of my new teammates, with Baptista from Sao Paulo to Sebita with the national team and Santa Cruz and Demichelis.
“The idea is to come and reach a good level so as to continue. Four or five months is an eternity in football and the idea is to continue with the project that I have embarked on.”