This season we’ve really attacked the league and the big teams. We want to win every game. They’re very special. Every game, this season and last season, you see the sell-out stadiums, no matter who we play against.
Asked about the WC he added: The World Cup around the corner is going to be on every player’s mind, I need to keep trying to perform at a high level for my club. My performances will dictate if I get called up for England or not, so I need to fully focus on Newcastle.
On joining NUFC: To change country, to change leagues, and in a World Cup year as well. It was a really hard decision, but I think it was the right one. I’m so happy. It’s an amazing step. I feel like a Geordie now. I always dreamed of playing in the Premier League but, honestly, I never thought it could be this good. I’m proud of what I’m doing, of myself and of the club, but it was a difficult choice.
On St James' Park: The best stadium in England and the best atmosphere in the Premier League. When we play at our home, it’s like playing with 12, always. The support is fantastic. It’s very hard to play against us here, with our fans so close to the pitch.
On those links to Madrid: It’s always nice when there are teams looking at you, but my plan is just to do my best at #NUFC . I have three or four years of contract left. I swear I’m not thinking about other things. My focus now is just on NUFC and the World Cup.