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Newcastle star Sandro Tonali has opened up on his struggles adapting to life in the North East as he prepares to face his former club AC Milan.
The 23-year-old midfielder arrived on Tyneside in a £52million deal this summer as Newcastle strengthened their squad ahead of Champions League return.
Tonali said: 'This summer has been hard and I've had a difficult start. At the beginning it was not easy to find my place, but I have found people to support me and to help me and I started to be happier.
'Mr Howe and my team-mates have been great. They are helping me in my personal and professional life. They have helped me settle. The language at the beginning was very, very difficult for me, communicating with the guys I found extremely tough, but it is getting easier and I'm very happy. It is getting easier.'
The Italy midfielder wasted no time in sampling some of the city's nightlife - by popping in to a local Wetherspoons.
Newcastle star Sandro Tonali is ready to face former club AC Milan in the Champions League