It seems only appropriate when you think about it – to use some of our French players to visit schools in the area to help the school kids who are learning French – and that’s exactly what new boy Massadio Haïdara did yesterday.
Haidara in action against Metalist Kharkiv
Massadio was at Newcastle School for Boys in Gosforth, and the children were encouraged to ask the French U21 International questions in French – and he answered them in French – so that would seem like a good lesson for both the schoolboys and Massadio.
The children asked questions ranging from his transfer to Newcastle last month, to what his favorite foods, films and music are.
The 20 year-old was interviewed on the Newcastle web-site today about yesterday’s visit:
“The lesson went well. The questions were in French and were about the things I like doing, particularly away from the football pitch, so it was a little easier for me to answer.” “If I put myself in the children’s’ shoes, I can appreciate the challenge of learning French.”
“I’m obviously doing it the other way from French into English and I know how difficult it is, but in a little bit of time they’ll be doing a fantastic job and I hope I’ll do the same.” “I’ve had a few difficulties with English but hopefully I’ve used my time here to catch up!”
“I really enjoyed the day; it was a very nice thing to have done it for myself.”
Massadio would have also interfaced with the schoolboys with some of his English – which at the moment is not too good – but it will have helped the twice capped French U21 International and hopefully it was a win-win situation for both Haidara and the schoolboys.
Massadio with the Gosforth schoolboys yesterday
And Massadio has already let the Newcastle fans know just how good he is already, with an outstanding starting debut last Thursday night in the Ukraine, when he showed what an excellent young defender he is, in the white-hot atmosphere of the Metalist Stadium.
This lad is going to become a good player for Newcastle and he will be challenging Italian International Davide Santon for the starting left back spot at Newcastle very soon – once he settles in on Tyneside.
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