"With all the French players arriving, settling in became much more of a simple task.
"I've been given a warm welcome here. Yohan (Cabaye) and I have known each other for a long time, so it was a great help having him."
"I was very, very happy Newcastle came back in for me. This is a big club.
"There is absolutely no problem between the French players and the English players.
"We all get on really well. That is important the spirit is strong.
"We can talk French where we want, but it is better for us to make an effort in English. I am getting lessons three times a week, and I can already understand Steven Taylor!"