YOHAN Cabaye says it’s a family affair at Newcastle United - with the club’s French legion now settled on Tyneside.
Newcastle signed French quintet Mathieu Debuchy, Massadio Haidara, Moussa Sissoko, Yoan Gouffran and Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa in January.
And Cabaye, an influential figure on and off the field at United, feels they are ready to show their best form having adjusted to both Premier League football and their new lives in England.
All five are now speaking English, and that will further help their assimilation into the dressing room, according to Cabaye.
The challenge for Cabaye and his team-mates is to ensure there is no repeat of last season’s relegation battle.
“When you sign for a team in January, it’s never easy to change from a different league and a different country, moving club is usually difficult enough,” Cabaye told SportMail.
“When you change country you have to make sure of a lot of things.
“Firstly, you must understand how the team plays. Plus the Premier League is very different from France and Ligue 1.
“The first few games from them were good, and we won a few.
“Then came the difficulties with the Europa League and Premier League and trying to balance it out.
“Now they are part of the family. They are more confident in themselves and can speak English. They have worked very hard, and are ready to do their jobs on the pitch.”
Cabaye’s own future is uncertain, with a number of clubs - including Paris Saint-German and AS Monaco considering bidding for him.
However, for the moment the France international is focused on being ready for the start of Newcastle’s season on August 19.
Cabaye feels the extra work that’s been done on fitness this pre-season is already paying dividends.
“It’s helped me,” he said. “I’ve only been working for two weeks, but I feel prepared for the new season and want to work hard.
“We are working harder in training – harder than last season.
“For us, that’s better. On the pitch that has made us more confident to make runs.
“That will help us compete with the other teams next season. It is all very positive.”