Newcastle midfielder enjoying training break

Jonjo Shelvey says that the Magpies squad are enjoying the change of scenery but admits the conditions have not always been ideal.

Newcastle United midfielder Jonjo Shelvey has told the club's TV channel that the squad are enjoying their training break in La Manga, although he also admitted that the windy conditions are not always making it easy for the players.

With the Magpies not involved in a competitive fixture until early March against Stoke, Steve McClaren and his fit playing staff flew out to the Spanish island to undergo work in a different environment.

Shelvey says that the change of scenery has been a good thing for himself and his teammates, but suggested that things have not been perfect for them on the training field.

He told NUTV: "I think it's important for us to come away as a team and put some hard work in, to try and get results when we get back.

"It is a bit open here and a bit windy, can’t really string two passes together because the balls are going everywhere. But it is just a good place to be, good change of scenery.

"It is nice to be away and share some time with the lads and get to know each other a little bit better."

Shelvey has slotted straight into the team at Newcastle since joining from Swansea City for £12 million in January, making five Premier League starts for McClaren's side.

The Magpies are currently third from bottom in the league table, in the relegation zone on goal difference.

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