Moussa Sissoko already thinking about next season with Newcastle

Newcastle United midfielder Moussa Sissoko has been linked with Arsenal in recent times.

Moussa Sissoko's comments on Newcastle United's official website suggest that he is thinking about spending next season at St. James' Park.

Sissoko has been linked with Arsenal in the Daily Mail of late, but it seems that the reported interest has not turned the French midfielder's head.

Sissoko, instead, is only concentrating on Newcastle and is hoping to help them put on a better showing in the next Premier League campaign.

"We have some holidays now and I hope next year, we will be better," he said. "Everybody knows we are a good team. We can do much better.

"Now we have some rest and we'll be back in July for the pre-season, ready for August."

Despite Sissoko's comments, it would be a surprise if Newcastle did not have to fend off interest in the 25-year-old this summer.

For all of the Magpies' struggles this term, which saw them fend off the threat of relegation on the final weekend, the powerful midfielder has offered glimpses of real quality and is clearly a talent.

It seems likely that Newcastle will have to show some sign of ambition if they want to keep a player of his pedigree at St. James' Park, but it would be a major boost if he does stay.

Sissoko is a player of the standard Newcastle need if they are to start competing for the European places again and the new manager on Tyneside, whoever that may be, will be hoping to help the 25-year-old flourish if he does indeed remain with the Magpies.

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