Cabaye: It’s a family affair at Newcastle United

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YOHAN Cabaye says it’s a family affair at Newcastle United – with the club’s French legion now settled on Tyneside.

Newcastle signed French trio Moussa Sissoko, Yoan Gouffran and Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa in January.

And Cabaye, pictured right, an influential figure on and off the field at United, feels they are ready to show their best form having adjusted to both Premier League football and their new lives in England.

All three are now speaking English, and that will further help their assimilation into the dressing room, according to Cabaye.

The challenge for Cabaye and his team-mates is to ensure there is no repeat of last season’s relegation battle.

“When you sign for a team in January, it’s never easy to change from a different league and a different country, moving club is usually difficult enough,” Cabaye said.

“When you change country you have to make sure of a lot of things.

“Firstly, you must understand how the team plays. Plus the Premier League is very different from France and Ligue 1.

“The first few games from them were good, and we won a few.

“Then came the difficulties with the Europa League and Premier League and trying to balance it out.

“Now they are part of the family. They are more confident in themselves and can speak English. They have worked very hard, and are ready to do their jobs on the pitch.”