Obertan aims for Europe as Newcastle Utd take on Wolves

Newcastle United's Gabriel Obertan
Newcastle United's Gabriel Obertan
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GABRIEL Obertan is finally enjoying his career in England.

But the winger hasn’t ruled out a return to Europe – with Newcastle United.

Obertan and his team-mates go into tomorrow’s game against Wolverhampton Wanderers lying fourth in the Premier League.

While even the most optimistic fan doesn’t expect Alan Pardew’s side to be in a Champions League place come the end of the season, they could still challenge for a European place.

And Frenchman Obertan – who signed this summer from Manchester United after two frustrating seasons on the fringes at Old Trafford – certainly isn’t ruling anything out given United’s form so far this campaign.

Newcastle are unbeaten in the league and cup, and also have best defensive record in the division.

Even the club’s failure to sign a No9 in the summer transfer window hasn’t been able to dampen a growing optimism on Tyneside both inside and outside the dressing room ahead of tomorrow’s visit to Molineux, scene of a hard-fought 1-1 draw last season.

Obertan told SportMail: “Hopefully, we’ll win again and keep going on this run.

“We’ll keep playing like this, and hopefully get results.

“Obviously, we’re not thinking about the Champions League. We’ll see in January what happens, but if we keep playing like this, who knows? We’ve got ambition, and you never know with football.”

Obertan had his best game yet for the club in last Saturday’s 3-1 win over Blackburn Rovers, the 22-year-old’s pace on the right-hand side of midfield having troubled the visiting team all game.

Having been used to infrequent cameos at Old Trafford, Obertan is revelling in the opportunity to influence a game from the start.

And the France Under-21 international has no regrets about leaving the Premier League champions, having already found his feet at his new club, where he is in good company, Newcastle having signed a number of his countrymen in the summer.

Obertan added: “I’m finding my form now, and just enjoying playing.

“I haven’t had this feeling for two years – at Man United I was playing every six games for 20 minutes or 10 minutes.

“It’s a great feeling to be on the pitch, and to have the coach behind me.

“I moved here for this - there’s a good group of players. Off the pitch, there’s a good atmosphere. I have no regrets coming here, and the six games so far have proved it.

“If we can win games against teams like Blackburn and Wolves – teams that are hard to play against, and that are physical - the more we can play against the big four.”