LuaLua learning too much to leave

Last updated : 04 February 2003 By Martyn Elliott

"If the day comes when I do have to leave then I will leave a far better player," he told the Journal.

"I could have stayed at Colchester and played regular first team football and perhaps moved to a First Division club. But I would have missed out on the chance to work with a squad of international players and one of the best coaches in the world.

"At 22 I'm still young enough to establish myself at Newcastle and there is no need to panic. What I have learned from Sir Bobby Robson is invaluable and 99 per cent of players my age will never get that chance.

"I would like to play every week, but I would have kicked myself if I hadn't joined United."

The striker is though on a collision course with Sir Bobby about his international career, with DR Congo’s African Nations Cup qualifier with Swaziland scheduled for March 30 and LuaLua determined to play.