Moussa Sissoko intends to stay at Newcastle despite interest from Liverpool.
Newcastle midfielder Moussa Sissoko says he is happy to stay at St. James' Park despite speculation surrounding his future, as quoted by the Daily Mirror.
Sissoko, 25, has been a virtual ever-present in the Newcastle side ever since his move from Toulouse in January 2013, scoring 11 goals in 94 games for the Magpies.
Newcastle are in a state of rebuilding having appointed new manager Steve McClaren, with last season's scrap against relegation simply not good enough for a club of that size.
Georginio Wijnaldum and Aleksandar Mitrovic have arrived, but players are expected to depart - and recent speculation suggested that Sissoko could be leaving St. James' Park.
L'Equipe reported that Liverpool are interested in signing Sissoko this summer, with Brendan Rodgers looking to replace Steven Gerrard in midfield.
Now though, Sissoko says that he is happy to stay on Tyneside - and that the Magpies are keen to see him to stay as well.
"I know the club want me to stay, and this year they will bring in some players," said Sissoko. "We have a good team so we can do something good – better than last year, because the last six months of last year was very poor.
"I hope we can have a better season. When you are a player, there is always a story, but I’m still at Newcastle and I’m happy here. I think we have a good team and we can have a good season. We all have to work together," he added.
How important is Sissoko?
The Frenchman endured an up-and-down season last term, and his inconsistency means that he must bounce back under McClaren next season.
Sissoko needs to contribute more in the final third, and whilst he has all the athletic attributes, he still needs to be more consistent with his final product.
The Magpies would certainly rather keep the French international, but at the same time, the arrival of Wijnaldum may mean that a huge bid could tempt them into a sale this summer.