Cheick Tiote insists his focus is firmly on Newcastle as he bids to put his Africa Cup of Nations disappointment behind him.
The 25-year-old midfielder, who is likely to return to the Magpies' starting line-up against Wolves on Saturday after missing the last seven games, was part of the Ivory Coast side which lost 8-7 on penalties to Zambia in a dramatic conclusion to the tournament.
Tiote is keen to shelve that heartache and will now turn his attention to helping his club bounce back from a 5-0 Premier League drubbing at Tottenham.
He told the club's official website: "It has been great to see my friends and to be back in Newcastle. Now I have to think about Newcastle, because the tournament with my national team is finished now.
"It's important when you come back from your national team to do more of what you do every time.
"It's important for the fans and the manager to see that we have ambition for the club to do well and to play well for the team.
"I have to do my job for the team and for the fans, and I think we have a possibility to win on Saturday."
Tiote has revealed he gave away his losers' medal because he did not want to be reminded of Ivory Coast's near miss.
"All the people there, they love the national team and they love the country, so we are really disappointed because we didn't win the competition," he said.
"I gave my medal to my friend because I was so disappointed. I didn't want to keep that, so I gave it to my friend.
"We did well, but we didn't win it. Maybe next year we will win the competition."
Newcastle boss Alan Pardew says Tiote's return to Tyneside has provided a major lift to his squad.
He told Chronicle Live: "Everybody is fit. Cheick has come back on the training ground and lifted everything.
"That's because of the way he trains. One or two have felt his presence! That's in a good way!
"Now I have my strongest squad to pick from since (Newcastle's win over) Man Utd."