Cheick Tiote comments on Newcastle future: 'Yesterday's quotes were not accurate'

Cheick Tiote

The Magpies midfielder was linked with a move to Arsenal...

Newcastle United midfielder Cheick Tiote insists he is 'as committed as ever' to the St James' Park outfit.

Newcastle find themselves 19th in the Premier League after six games and suffered a further blow yesterday when Tiote appeared to confirm his desire to leave the Magpies in January.

Arsenal had been touted as a possible destination, with the 28-year-old admitting there was interest from the Premier League in the summer.

However, the Ivorian has now refuted the previous quotes attributed to him and insists he is fully focused on helping Alan Pardew's side pull out of the relegation zone.

"I saw the quotes that appeared yesterday but they are not accurate," Tiote told Newcastle's official website.

"Yes, there was some interest in me over the summer and that can be a bit distracting but nothing came of it.

"I'm back to full fitness and only thinking about doing my best for the team. We are not in a good position in the league right now and I want to get us up to where we should be.

"I am as committed as I have ever been to Newcastle."

Newcastle travel to Swansea City this weekend hoping to register their first Premier League win of the season. Pardew's men have won across all competitions, though, beating Crystal Palace in the Capital One Cup.

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