An excellent first interview with Romain Amalfitano today on nufcTV by Rob Scanlon, and Romain doesn’t yet speak English, so he replied in French and it was translated by Rob.
Romain Amalfitano in training – watched by John Carver
It’s a very good interview, so those of you have a subscription to nufcTV it’s obviously worth seeing it, and for those of you who haven’t got a subscription, here’s some of what the young Frenchman said.
Romain says he has settled in very quickly at Newcastle and he had already found a flat in Newcastle, and that had helped him a lot.
He stressed that the players at Newcastle have just gone out of their way to help him settle in, and there were video shots of Ryan Taylor and Jonas Gutierrez messing around with Romain on the training field, and it looks like the spirit at Newcastle is great and as good as ever.
It’s obvious that the coaches and manager at Newcastle go out of their way to make the players feel at home and settled, and they keep the atmosphere light on the training field, but of course that doesn’t mean they don’t press the players during the training sessions.
Amalfitano said that Demba Ba, Gabby Obertan and Mehdi Abeid in particular had been helping him settle in, and it was a lot easier with there being so many Frenchmen at Newcastle.
Romain has met Newcastle fans both near his flat, and in Eldon Square, but because he cannot yet speak English – he is taking lessons – he couldn’t really talk to them.
The fans wanted a photograph with him, but in the future he hoped to be able to have a conversation with them, once he learns a little bit of English.
The 22 year-old said he knew coming to Newcastle would not be easy for him, but he wanted to repay the trust that had been placed in him by Newcastle United, and he hopes to impose himself at the club, and play as well as possible.
Obviously he wants to do well at Newcastle and wants to succeed, and he said his goal was not just to do well for himself, but for the team, which is all important.
He’s right there – let’s make a note of that.
Romain comes over very well in this interview, and certainly the Newcastle Board and Chief Scout Graham Carr seem to do their homework, when checking out the characters of Newcastle’s new signings.