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​Trippier promises Newcastle going to another level next season

Newcastle United star Kieran Trippier believes they can go up a level this season.

The Magpies were battling relegation in the first half of last season.

However, a takeover by a Saudi Arabia-led consortium, spending in the January transfer window, and the arrival of manager Eddie Howe turned around their fortunes.

Asked about the coming season, Tripper told The Mirror: "I came from Atletico Madrid where the demands are so high. And the fitness levels at my previous clubs were much higher than when I first arrived here at Newcastle. But it was mainly confidence. The team needed to believe in themselves and that they could survive. Get that first win and bounce off that.

"Fitness, confidence, belief. That comes from the manager Eddie Howe. We had a great run, breeding confidence. You can feel it in the group in pre-season. Training is at a different level now. The difference is massive.

"We have new players as well. Everyone has gone up a gear and there is competition in every position.

He added: "I remember [Kevin] Keegan's era, going for the title against Man United in the mid '90s when I was very little. We want to get back to making Newcastle challenging again. When Shearer was playing, Ginola and Ferdinand. But it takes time.

"Historically Newcastle is massive. They were in the Champions League 20 years ago playing Inter in the San Siro and up there. Now it is a new era and generation.

"Everything has changed - owner, staff, manager, new players and everyone is excited. As players we need to deliver. Everyone is together, the city is together and that is great credit to the owners as well.

"We are a sleeping giant. The city is believing again.I knew all about Newcastle fans before I came and knew what to expect, but the fervour has definitely surprised me."

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