Louis Saha is determined to make the most of his "unexpected adventure" with Lazio and even harbours ambitions of playing in the Champions League with the Rome club.
After leaving Sunderland last January following a 14-year stay in the Premier League, Saha had expected to see out his playing days in South Africa. However, when Miroslav Klose - like Saha, aged 34 - sustained a knee injury in early February, Lazio saw the former France international as the ideal stop-gap.
"It's an unexpected adventure," Saha, who signed a deal to the season's end with the Serie A club, admitted to L'Equipe. "Having played in the Premier League for most of my career, to come to a different league, approach football in a different language, it's not easy. But I'm really enjoying learning with every training session and every minute out on the pitch."
The well-travelled forward has not had too many opportunities to shine, however. Though Klose is out of the equation, Saha clearly lies behind Libor Kozak, 23, and Sergio Floccari, 31, in coach Vladimir Petkovic's pecking order having played just 38 minutes in three games so far.
"There's a lot of competition, but there's still a long way to go in the season. I've been unlucky to have played in two heavy defeats," Saha, who featured in 3-0 losses to Siena and most recently AC Milan, explained. "When I came off the bench, it wasn't in the best conditions. I hope that'll change."
Though his advancing age has reduced his playing time, it has done nothing to diminish Saha's ambition, particularly with a Coppa Italia final appearance to look forward to.
"I'm really making the most of this adventure. You don't get to play at the top level for 30 years. I'm trying to enjoy it, to fight to get some playing time, but also some trophies," said the ex-Fulham and Manchester United forward, who - with Lazio in fifth, a point off the top three - still hopes to get one more opportunity to rub shoulders with Europe's elite.
"It's everyone's dream to play in the Champions League, whether you're a 19-year-old youngster or a 34-year-old bloke. To prolong my adventure and play in that competition here, it wouldn't be bad if I could score ten goals or so."