Romain Amalfitano

By Dan King - Newcastle United Club Reporter

Fresh from helping former club Reims win promotion to Ligue 1, Newcastle United new boy Romain Amalfitano is now hoping to continue that "winning mentality" with the Magpies.

The 22-year-old midfielder, who will officially become a United player when his contract with the French club expires at the end of next month, spoke exclusively to nufc.co.uk after agreeing his move to Tyneside last Wednesday.

Reims came second to Bastia in France's second tier last term, with Amalfitano - who can play centrally or out wide - making 26 appearances and scoring three times for Hubert Fournier's side.

So the Nice-born ace has gained a taste for success, and with four trophies available for Newcastle next season - the Barclays Premier League, the FA Cup, the Carling Cup and the Europa League - that could come in very useful for the Magpies as they look to build on a strong campaign last term.

"Naturally, I have this winning mentality that footballers tend to have," he said.

"Newcastle have already shown last season in their performances without me that they've also got that kind of mentality.

"So I'm hoping to learn and get involved as much as possible with that."

The prospect of Europa League football is one which appeals to Amalfitano, as well as the opportunity to play in the league widely regarded as the best in the world.

He has spent his entire career in his homeland, playing for Châteauroux and Evian before moving to the Stade Auguste-Delaune with Reims in the summer of 2010.

But he knows that he has plenty to prove before he earns a regular place in a Magpies engine room which proved so influential in the season just finished.

"I've never played in any of the European competitions and of course I'm excited to do that," he admitted.

"But I just want to impose myself here. That's my main objective for the moment - to make a place for myself in the team."

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