Toon midfielder holds Olympic dream

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Mehdi Abeid has made the decision to commit his international future to Algeria.

The midfielder has checked out of Newcastle to link up with the Desert Warriors as they look to seal a place at next summer's Olympics in London.

This means the midfielder could be unavailable for selection for Alan Pardew's side until mid-December.

Abeid believes playing in the Olympic qualifiers – which is an under-23 tournament – will assist him to cement a place at Newcastle long-term.

Opting for Algeria ahead of his native France, the midfielder said: “It is a great opportunity for me. The aim is to play first-team football on a regular basis for Newcastle United.

“The chance to play international football can help me to achieve this."

Despite making just one first-team appearance for The Magpies, the 19-year-old insisted he is happy at the club.

“I am really happy with my decision to join Newcastle," he added

“It has worked out for me and I could not be happier. It did not take too long to adapt.”

Algeria face Senegal in their first Olympic qualifier on Sunday.

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