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After the departure of French midfield star Yohan Cabaye in January, many Magpies fans have been fearing a similar fate for his compatriot and international team mate Moussa Sissoko, but the former Toulouse midfield has moved to calm those worries by saying he isn't interested in leaving Tyneside.
"I’m happy here and happy to play for Newcastle. Every week, I try to give my best performance," said Sissoko. "I will go to the World Cup and then come back ready for the new season."
Meanwhile, Newcastle youngster Freddie Woodman was the star of the show last night as England Under-17's defeated Holland on penalties to win the European Championships. The Magpies stopper is highly regarded in the North East and did his reputation no harm by saving a penalty in the shootout - and the son of Newcastle goalkeeper coach Andy Woodman was evidently delighted to have played his part in the win.
"It’s unbelievable and a dream come true. I couldn’t believe it when Jonjoe Kenny put his penalty away," Woodman said. "I just thought it was too good to be true and to win on penalties, after two good teams had fought it out like we had, it was probably the perfect way."
Woodman may not be part of the first team plans just yet, but manager Alan Pardew is actively looking to strengthen his squad this summer after a torrid second half of the season at St. James' Park. Attacking reinforcements are paramount as Loic Remy's loan deal QPR has now expired, and he could be replaced by another Frenchman in Bafetimbi Gomis.
The Lyon striker, who hit 17 goals in all competitions this season, is out of contract and free to choose his next club, but whilst Newcastle have an interest in the former Saint-Etienne star, it's reported that he is looking for a contract worth £100,000 per week - which may be too much for Newcastle to afford.