Newcastle United defender Massadio Haidara thinks that his club will improve next season by using the summer break to their advantage.

After a series of January transfers which involved the signing of five French players, the players seemingly failed to gel, resulting in the club finishing in 16th place.

But Haidara, one of the French players bought in January, believes that the summer will allow the club to become a unit.

"I hope it will help to have a summer behind us. I hope it will be easier for us than it was in January, when we had to get used to English football very quickly," he told the Journal.

"Obviously it was up to me and the team to get used to it as quickly as we could, which was tough because there was already a squad and a team in place."

Haidara added: "It was always going to be difficult to come straight into that, especially in the Premier League.

"Now we have started to get used to it and how things work in England, so it is up to us. We must continue to work and graft and move on from there."

The 20-year old has only managed four league appearances for the Magpies this season after a robust challenge from Callum McManaman in their match against Wigan in March caused him to miss the rest of the season.

The left-back, who was purchased from French club Nancy for a reported £2m, understands the importance of learning English to help the club.

"I will try to make sure I advance my English - I think it is very important to help me to settle in," he commented. "The manager hasn't told us especially to go away and learn English, but I think he knows that it's important we understand English.

"There won't always be an interpreter there for us to translate so we need to learn the language to understand what is going on - whether that's on the pitch or in our life."


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