Sissoko reveals why he's happy at Newcastle despite £16m Arsenal rumours

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Newcastle United midfielder Moussa Sissko says he's happy at St. James' Park despite alleged interest from Arsenal.

With Arsenal reportedly looking to sign a central midfielder in January, Arsene Wenger's men have been linked with a whole host of international stars.

Sami Khedira (Germany and Real Madrid), William Carvalho (Portugal and Sporting Lisbon) and Grzegorz Krychowiak (Poland and Sevilla) have all been touted as possible targets for the Gunners when the transfer window re-opens next week.

Yet recent speculation has suggested that Wenger now has his eye on Newcastle's French international Moussa Sissoko, who has impressed for the Magpies this season.

A £16m bid is allegedly on the cards, but with Newcastle fans and their manager Alan Pardew no doubt concerned about the possibility of the 25-year-old leaving, Sissoko says he doesn't want to leave.

"The coach considers me an important part of the group, particularly because of my international status and equally down to my good performances for the team since arriving at Newcastle," he said.

"I am very happy with where I am right now. Sometimes I have even been handed the captain's armband, and thus I am very satisfied with my role here. I try to be my best in each match to make the best impression possible, and I hope to be continue progressing in order to go even further," Sissoko added.

Newcastle sold Yohan Cabaye in January last season, and fans have to be hoping that Mike Ashley doesn't cash in on another French international midfielder this time around.

Meanwhile, Arsenal still need to find a more powerful midfielder - and Sissoko may not be that man after his latest comments.

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