Papiss Cisse appears to pledge future to Newcastle United

Cisse scored in Newcastle's 2-2 draw with Southampton and appears to have indicated he will stay at the club despite some speculation.

Newcastle United forward Papiss Cisse has pledged his future to the club after scoring his first goal of the season in yesterday's 2-2 draw with Southampton.

Cisse netted from close range to level the game up after Graziano Pelle had opened the scoring for the Saints in the first Premier League encounter of the season. 

After some speculation indicating his time on Tyneside was coming to an end, Cisse seemed to say that he was going nowhere.

He told the Chronicle: “I have a contract at Newcastle United. I need to be professional every time I play. I don’t have a team to leave to.

“I am a Newcastle player. I try to work hard in every game I get.”

It will be something of a qualified boost for Newcastle as Cisse doesn't seem to know of any interest in him, and is prepared for a season ahead trying to help the side better their performance of last season - where they were involved in a relegation battle that went right down to the final day. 

Steve McClaren will be delighted to have someone who has reliably got into double figures for the club in front of goal in recent years as he tries to lay the foundations for a more solid and successful spell at St James's Park. 

Losing him would have been a blow, as he has a solid scoring ratio of 42 goals from 110 games. Though some would say that record needs improving on, you can expect a solid return of goals from the forward, and keeping hold of that could prove to be vital. 

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