Newcastle youngster Abeid targeting first team

The 19-year-old started for the Magpies in their recent friendly defeat to German outfit FC Chemnitzer and is hopeful of forcing his way into manager Alan Pardew's plans

Newcastle teenager Mehdi Abeid has set his sights on securing more first-team football next season.

The 19-year-old joined the Magpies from French side Lens in 2010 on a five-year deal and has since made two domestic cup appearances.

And, after playing 66 minutes in the Tyneside outfit's 1-0 friendly defeat to German side Chemnitzer FC, Abeid is targeting a regular starting berth.

"I love playing and would like to play more games and continue to play as it is important that I have good condition to start the season," he told the club's official website. "I have progressed a lot over the last year.

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"I have worked with good people and played with good players and that has been very important for me as a young player. I hope to progress every day and continue to progress. I want to do more.

"I would like to keep up what happened last season. I need to keep up the same work, keep the same frame of mind, and hopefully will get to play more games."

The Frenchman also underlined the importance of a good pre-season campaign, with Newcastle set to feature in European competition alongside their domestic commitments next term.

"Pre-season has been good so far," he added.

"It has been a lot of hard work, but very good training. We need that for the new season, that is important for us. It is a busy season coming up so we need to be in a good condition.

"It was good to start against Chemnitzer. It was disappointing to lose but in these games the result is not the most important thing - it is more about our fitness.”