Jonjo Shelvey is enjoying his break with the rest of the Newcastle squad in La Manga.

The United midfielder appreciates the sun, the good food, the tennis and golf facilities on offer, in fact everything…apart from the fact the football training facilities are so open, that when combined with the wind, it means the players ‘can’t string two passes together, the balls are going everywhere’, according to Shelvey.

The January signing says that he hates the enforced break with no matches, saying that you can do all the training you want but it is not the same.

Newcastle next play competitively in 13 days time away at Stoke and Jonjo Shelvey hopes that the training break and Saturday’s friendly against Lillestrom can put them in the right place to approach that match.

Shelvey believes that Stoke is a match where Newcastle can ‘go there to win’ – here’s hoping La Manga works the magic, regardless of the wind and balls flying everywhere…

Jonjo Shelvey speaking to the club’s official tv channel:

“I think it is important for us to come away as a team and put some hard work in, to try and get results when we get back.

“It’s lovely out here (La Manga), I have never been before but a lot of football pitches, a lot of sports things to do – tennis, golf…nice food and we have been really welcomed here.”

‘It is sunny but quite a breeze, I suppose that is really good conditions for playing football in.’

“It is a bit open here and a bit windy, can’t really string two passes together because the balls are going everywhere.

“But it is just a good place to be, good change of scenery.”

‘Good to come here and get to know the boys even better?’

“Even in the first five minutes everybody was so welcoming, I didn’t really need a trip here too get welcomed in but it is nice to be away and share some time with the lads and get to know each other a little bit better.”

‘Knowing people like Andros Townsend, has that helped?’

“Yes, he is a great signing for the club, England international, all you have to do is give him the ball and let him do what he has got to do – he is so direct with the ball.”

‘Looking forward to playing Lillestrom on Saturday?’

“Yes I am just looking forward to having another game, it’s horrible not playing matches. You can train as much as you want but there’s no better feeling than getting to the match state – so looking forward to that and hopefully we will win.

“Stoke (2 March) is then a massive game and one that we go there to win I think – we have got to be looking to do that and fingers crossed.”