'He's been robbed!' - Joyce reveals Berenguer's off-field struggles

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Florin Berenguer Melbourne City
City's foreign midfielder has faced a few hurdles in adapting to life in Australia

Frenchman Florin Berenguer put a difficult individual season behind him on Friday night as he impressed in Melbourne City's 4-1 win against Brisbane Roar.

The midfielder has struggled with injury since arriving in the A-League and coach Warren Joyce revealed he's also faced some real challenges off the pitch too.

Berenguer had previously spent his entire career in France and Australia hasn't exactly welcomed him kindly.

"Any foreign player, whether you've got family, whether you're a superstar, whether you're a nobody, whether you're a young kid, it's not easy to come and settle and integrate yourself," Joyce said post-match.

"I know (Berenguer) had one or two issues family wise with settling in the area with his kids and that at school. 

"He even got robbed. His house got broken into once so he's had a few things that have been issues for him but he conducts himself very well.

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"He's an absolute model professional. He works his absolute socks off when he's been injured.

"He looked really good tonight."

The 29-year-old claimed the assist for City's opener and lasted 81 minutes before being replaced.