Ciaran Clark shares major difference between Newcastle United and Aston Villa

Newcastle United's Ciaran Clark celebrates scoring their fourth goal

Newcastle United have impressed in the Championship this term, whilst Aston Villa have really struggled.

Newcastle United's Ciaran Clark reactsNewcastle United's Ciaran Clark 

Magpies centre-back Ciaran Clark spoke exclusively to the Chronicle, and highlighted how much he has learned since swapping Aston Villa for Newcastle in the summer of 2016.

The 27-year-old has established himself as one of Rafa Benitez' most important players during his time at St James' Park, and it is no coincidence that they have struggled since he picked up a knee injury against Fulham last month.

The former Villa man has returned to training this week, however, and is expected to be in contention for a place in the starting line-up against Preston North-End on Monday night.

Clark spoke to the Chronicle about the time he has spent on Tyneside so far, sharing how much he is learning under Benitez:

Newcastle United's Ciaran Clark celebrates scoring their fourth goalNewcastle United's Ciaran Clark celebrates 

"It has been a total change for me. He’s real man-manager and he wants you to get involved and learn. He wants to teach you and improve you as a player. If he does that then it improves the team. He works hard on defensive shape and positional stuff. It’s something I have probably not had as a player in my career. I feel like I am learning so much and hopefully I can keep doing it. I feel like I have learned more about the game. To have that winning feeling and the confidence it brings shows on the pitch."

Newcastle's hopes of promotion have been severely dented in recent weeks, after they took just one point from their last three Championship outings, although two wins from their final three matches would secure their place inside the top two, irrespective of other teams' results.

And with those games coming against Preston, Cardiff City and Barnsley, they have every chance of doing exactly that.

Newcastle United manager Rafael BenitezNewcastle United manager Rafa Benitez

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