Alan Pardew has managed to keep hold of his big-name players so far this summer and the Magpies captain hopes that it will lead to even better things in 2012-13
The Magpies have kept hold of top stars including Demba Ba, Yohan Cabaye and Cheikh Tiote so far this summer and the 30-year-old is confident that his side can match, or even better, their impressive 2011-12 campaign that saw them come close to sealing a Champions League place.
The defender has also been handed a recall to the Argentina national team after a three-year absence for La Albiceleste's friendly with Germany on August 15.
"The good players we have are still here. That is very important. We want to keep the same team," he told The Chronicle.
"We hope to do that and look forward. I'm still excited about the season ahead, of course I am.
"We had a great year last year. Now we'll look to have as much joy this year with our fans."
Alan Pardew has added three players to his squad this summer and is thought to be chasing deals for Lille right-back Mathieu Debuchy and former Toon striker Andy Carroll.
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