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Exclusive: Florian Lejeune insists team spirit is good and Newcastle United WILL stay up

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The video will start in 8 Cancel Florian Lejeune insists his season starts now after making a successful return from a knee injury that originally threatened to wipe out his season.

We played a good team and we showed we could stay together.

Lejeune shattered his knee back in July in training and required an operation, but he has fought back way ahead of schedule to give Rafa Benitez a timely boost.



“This is my first Premier League game back though and the season starts here for me.” Newcastle were beaten 2-1 in West London after recovering from a shaky start against the Blues, and Lejeune insists there were plenty of positive signs.

The Frenchman played in his first Premier League game since May, also against Chelsea, and has now played back-to-back matches after getting 90 minutes under his belt in the FA Cup tie with Blackburn Rovers last weekend.

“We can only say thank you to them.” Lejeune has been working hard on his English and conducted this newspaper interview without the need of a translator for the first time.

He said: “The team is working very hard.
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