McClaren states that Papiss Cisse is not for sale

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The Tyneside chief has stated that the Senegalese forward will not be leaving St James’ Park any time soon.

Newcastle manager Steve McClaren has stated that striker Papiss Cisse is not for sale and will be staying at the Tyneside club, according to FourFourTwo.

The Senegal international’s future was up in the air somewhat over the summer, with the arrival of Aleksandar Mitrovic leading to plenty of rumours that the African forward could be on his way out of the club.

However, McClaren has given a definitive statement on how much he values Cisse and has put an end to any speculation over the striker’s future.

The former England manager was full of praise for the powerful attacker’s goal record from last season and has stated that Cisse is a play that the Tyneside club need.

"He's not going anywhere. I came here and there was a lot of debate and talk about Papiss coming or going and whether he would be staying," McClaren is quoted as saying by FourfourTwo.

"I said to [managing director] Lee Charnley, if you look at his record it's fantastic. Eleven goals in 22 games was fantastic and, to be perfectly honest, he was the one who was missed when the team weren't winning those games.

"He's a threat. He's a goalscorer. When you've got Papiss in the team you always have a chance of winning games, and I think that's what he did last season.

"I think Newcastle have a better chance of winning with Papiss in the team. He played the first two games and not the last two, but we hope he comes back ready to prove a point."

There were high hopes for Mitrovic following a big-money summer move from Anderlecht, but the Serbian enforcer has had issues with his discipline so far and is currently suspended after being sent off against Arsenal.

Cisse has shown both lethal goalscoring form and low confidence in his time in the North East, but is a dangerous opponent when on form.

Newcastle travel to take on West Ham on Monday night and will be looking to get their first win of the new season.

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