Newcastle United star Sissoko: I will considering leaving to play Champions League football

Newcastle's Moussa Sissoko says he wants to play in the Champions League.

Newcastle United midfielder Moussa Sissoko has dropped more hints about his future, speaking to French website Footmercato.

The midfielder stopped short of saying he wants to leave the club, but said that he has big aspirations to fulfil in his career, mindful that he is approaching his peak, and would consider it.

He said: "Today, I am 25 years old. I'll go over my 26 years this year. My wish is to play the Champions League. I have not yet had the chance to play yet. I want to play it.

"I want to live in big games. If I have to leave Newcastle, this is something that I would take into consideration."

His comments come as a stark warning to the club about their direction, which is yet uncertain.

A permanent manager has not been appointed since Alan Pardew quit to join Crystal Palace, and will not be until the end of the season.

John Carver will remain as caretaker until the end of the campaign, but has no wins during his four games in charge so far.

Sissoko has been with Newcastle since January 2013, and told Footmercato that despite speculation, there have been no formal enquiries for his services so far this January.

The central midfielder has two goals in 20 games for Newcastle so far this season. They sit in 11th place, 13 points off the Champions League positions, eight points above the relegation zone.

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