The midfielder has been a big part of the Toon's revival - which stalled last night against Swansea City.
"I say today I feel settled. When I started, I was shy. There were some things I did not dare do as normal being part of a group with experienced players.
"Now I'm in the country of football. I always dreamed of playing in the Premier League, I'm lucky to be here, so I'm enjoying it," he told La Depeche du Midi.
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