Henri Bedimo spoke with pride of his move to Olympique Marseille but admitted that his team's performance in their first pre-season match was poor.
Les Phocéens kicked off their preparations for the upcoming Ligue 1 season with a 2-1 loss to Swiss club Lausanne in Valencia on Tuesday.
The match was Bedimo's first appearance for his new club and while the Cameroon international was clearly delighted with the move, he was pleased with neither the result nor his own personal performance.
"My performance was mixed," the 32-year-old told Ligue1.com. "Even though it was a friendly match, we need to cultivate a winning mentality. There were some good things, some not so good. But that's to be expected, it was our first match of the season. We're getting to know each other."
OM will be aiming to recover from an extremely poor showing in the 2015/16 season which saw them finish in 13th position in the league table, and Bedimo is well aware of the challenge this poses.
"It might seem like the result doesn't really matter, but it does show that we need to throw ourselves into some very hard work," he said. "We have a lot of ground to make up, we know that. But it's an exciting challenge," he added.
"I'm extremely proud to wear this shirt with the (Champions League winner's) star on it. I hope that the lads will bear in mind the fact that this is a prestigious shirt to be wearing.
"We'll do all we can to honour it this season, and it will be very tough. The pundits see us doing poorly this season, but that's exactly the type of challenge I like. It's exciting," he concluded.