Steve McClaren’s comments suggest Papiss Cisse will stay at Newcastle United

Papiss Cisse has been linked with a move away from Premier League outfit Newcastle United this summer.

Newcastle United head coach Steve McClaren has told The Chronicle that he considers Papiss Cisse an important part of his plans for next season.

The Senegal international striker has been on the books of Newcastle since 2012 and is one of the better players in the current squad.

Cisse has been linked with a move away from the Magpies this summer, with AMK claiming last week that he has agreed personal terms with Turkish outfit Trabzonspor.

However, McClaren has suggested that the 30-year-old will remain part of the Newcastle team for the 2015-16 campaign.

“He’s infectious around the place, smiling every day,” the Englishman told The Chronicle.

“He’s a typical kind of striker. He got 11 goals in 22 games last year – 11 starts and 11 sub appearances.

“So I think we’ve all got to thank Papiss and his goals for still being in the league. He’s here and that’s it at the present moment.”

Can Newcastle United afford to lose Papiss Cisse?

Cisse is one of the best players in the current Newcastle squad, and losing him would be a blow for the Magpies.

The Senegalese scored 11 goals and created six chances in 22 Premier League appearances in the 2014-15 campaign.

For Newcastle to break into the top 10 of the Premier League next season, Cisse needs to be part of the team.

However, if the Magpies can find a suitable replacement for the former Freiburg striker, then they can afford to sell him.

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