Both players are asked about their relationship with the fans at Newcastle, while other topics of conversation were whether or not Alan Pardew used his French much when talking to the players and mastering the Geordie accent.
The players simply don’t seem to mind us being around and we get a lovely insight into the different characters and personalities. For instance Jonas playing his Argentine folk music for three hours at full blast on the way back from Kharkiv!
Debuchy; “I am coming here and I have a lot to prove to the fans. Yo has proved that he was not going towards the unknown but he was going to a big club. I have heard many people asking why Yo was going to Newcastle, well it is clear to us all now that he made the right choice.”
Sissoko “Newcastle is a great club even if currently it is in a somewhat complicated situation. I think it is linked to physical problems (injuries). They have done a good recruitment. I hope that we with succeed in having a good end of season and finish as high as possible”.
Haidara; “It is true that there was Fiorentina, Roma and Milan, but I wanted to play in the Premier League. This is the championship that attracted me the most, which is closest to my style of play, when Newcastle came in for me I did not hesitate”.
What comes through loud and clear though is that Hatem Ben Arfa really really loves it at Newcastle and his big message is that he will definitely be staying just so long as Newcastle United show ambition…