Newcastle United new signing Sandro Tonali attempts Geordie slang in a hilarious meeting with club icon

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It hasn’t taken long for Newcastle United’s new signing Sandro Tonali to attempt Geordie dialect!

Newcastle United’s new £52million signing Sandro Tonali has been taking Geordie lessons - from a former club icon.

The 23-year-old met up with former Magpies star David Ginola at the Portofino restaurant in Newcastle city centre as part of a promotional campaign for Nike in partnership with JD Sports.

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Ginola joined Newcastle from Paris Saint-Germain in 1995 and went on to make 75 appearances during the Kevin Keegan Entertainers era. The Frenchman also played for Tottenham Hotspur, Aston Villa and Everton but remains a cult hero at St James’ Park.

Newcastle United midfielder Sandro Tonali. (Photo by George Wood/Getty Images)Newcastle United midfielder Sandro Tonali. (Photo by George Wood/Getty Images)
Newcastle United midfielder Sandro Tonali. (Photo by George Wood/Getty Images) | Getty Images

And in part one of ‘Dinner with David’, Tonali was given Geordie dialect questions from Ginola. Part two is rumoured to be Tonali’s eating a Greggs sausage roll.

“Do you know that in Newcastle they speak a different language called the Geordie?” Ginola asked Tonali before showing the Italian flashcards with some Geordie sayings.

Tonali attempted dialect such as ‘Howay the Lads’, Why Aye Man’, ‘Am Gannin ‘Yem’ and several others in the amusing short video.

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Since arriving from AC Milan last month, Tonali has been taking English lessons with club captain Jamaal Lascelles recently revealing the midfielder’s English has improved significantly.

And Newcastle head coach Eddie Howe has been impressed with Tonal.

“We are working on every aspect of his game,” said Howe. For Sandro, the Premier League is different.

“He would have found that in the few games he played in America where there was a step up - just the speed, sharpness, where opponents place themselves. We have to be solid defensively if we are to have success.

‌“He’s a combiner, he’s going to need relationships to show his best qualities. In time those will grow and we will see the player I know he is going to be.”

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