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Consider the insomnia issue put to bed, at least according to the former Magpie...

Wigan Athletic midfielder Charles N'Zogbia claims he has forgotten all about Newcastle United manager Joe Kinnear's comments when the Magpies boss referred to the Frenchman as 'insomnia' in a comical post-match press conference.

During N'Zogbia's time at St. James' park, the Magpies chief offended the left-winger by mis-pronouncing his name as 'insomnia', which was the nail in the coffin of the player's time in the north east.

The 22-year-old had become unhappy in Newcastle and despite frequent first team chances, he made public his wish to leave the club and got his wish when Steve Bruce swooped to bring him to Wigan.

The former Le Havre player claims he has put the incident with Kinnear behind him, and is now concentrating on doing well for the Latics.

Speaking to The Sunday Times, N'Zogbia said, "For me, it's fine because I have moved on and forgotten about it. I don't regret anything [that happened at St James' Park].

"I enjoyed my four years at Newcastle, but I said I wanted to move away and I'm happy here. It was my choice. All I want to do is play football. Moving from Newcastle to Wigan to achieve that aim is no problem."

The Frenchman wishes to forget about Newcastle, and admits he is unsure of what the future holds for the troubled Toon Army.

"I don't know what their destiny is. They have got many good players. I wish them luck for the rest of the season. But I want to forget about them," he added.

Wigan has become a club where its players are attracting the attentions of big clubs, with the likes of Wilson Palacios and Emile Heskey moving onto Tottenham Hotspur and Aston Villa respectively.

Despite this reputation, N'Zogbia seems pleased about his move to the JJB Stadium.

"When I spoke to him [Bruce] before I signed, he told me that I would be coming here to enjoy my football.

"I believed in what he had to say and I think he's a really good manager. What I'm looking for is to play my best, and after that I don't know what will happen."

N'Zogbia has made a good start to his career at Wigan, with a memorable first goal for the club coming against former rivals Sunderland in a 2-1 win at the Stadium of Light last weekend.

Nick Turner, Goal.com

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