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By ESPN Staff
Sep 15, 2010

Toon new-boy Tiote turned to Drogba for advice

Newcastle new-boy Cheik Tiote has revealed compatriot Didier Drogba advised him to come to England to further his football education.

Tiote, a 24-year-old Ivory Coast international, claims he only joined the Magpies during the summer transfer window after his Chelsea counterpart had sold the Premier League to him.

''He [Drogba] is someone I know well,'' Tiote told the club's official website. ''I have learned a lot from him, he's a great guy. It was him who suggested to me that I come and play football in England.

''The English league is very well known over there. I think it is a sign of the quality of the Cote d'Ivoire players that there are so many of them playing in England. I know them all well and I have seen a few of them already since arriving.''

Tiote was an unused substitute as the Magpies' 26-game unbeaten home run was brought to an end by Blackpool on Saturday. However, he saw enough to get a flavour of English football and whet his appetite for what is to follow.

Tiote said: ''It is different here. The fans seem to be so passionate and I have heard a lot about them. There were nearly 50,000 here for the Blackpool game, which is amazing. The club is very professional, and I'm very happy here.

''For me, Newcastle is perfect. Firstly, it is a club I love, and it is a big club. It isn't a small team - it's Newcastle, you know? I know the history of the club well.''


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