Newcastle United midfielder Vurnon Anita insists that they have no excuses to do badly in the 2013/14 Premier League campaign.

The 24-year-old expressed how the language barriers within the Magpies squad should begin to break down next season as more of the players have learned to speak English.

"The communication is much better now, everybody can speak English now as well, so it is easier for everybody to communicate with each other and with the supporters," he said following Newcastle's 4-2 win over Motherwell.

"We have had six months now to know each other as a group, we know each other better. We have no excuse this season to do badly. It has to be good."

Alan Pardew's team slumped to a 16th-place finish last year and there was speculation of a dressing-room divide between the English and non-English speaking members of the squad.

However, Anita is confident that now more of the players speak English they can push on and improve during his second season at St James' Park.

"This is my second season, I know what to expect now," he added. "The whole team now knows what to expect because the whole team did not know too much about how different the Premier League is to other leagues.

"This year we must improve and I think we will do well. It will be nice that all of this squad have a full season together. The coach wants us all from the start so we are all settled and together."

The former Ajax man admits that his debut season in English football was a learning curve, but now he knows what's expected of him now and can put it into practise during the club's pre-season tour of Portugal.

"I knew that it was going to be very, very tough, totally different to Holland. It is all about improvement. We have to keep together and work hard on and off the pitch.

"The guys who came in in January also are here for the new season, so there is a good feeling building between everyone. Hopefully we will see that on the bench."


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