Newcastle United striker Papiss Cisse has suggested to The Chronicle that he will fight for his place in the team instead of leaving the club in the January transfer window.
The 30-year-old Senegal international has struggled for playing time so far this season.
“That’s the life of a footballer sometimes,” Cisse told The Chronicle about his future.
“It’s hard for me but I always say I will keep going, and keep my smile all the time. I know who I am and what I can bring to the team. I just wait.”
Cisse has been on the books of Newcastle since 2012 and is one of the senior players in Steve McClaren’s squad.
However, the former SC Freiburg striker is not guaranteed a place in the Magpies’ starting lineup.
The Senegal international has made eight appearances in the Premier League so far this season, but he has not started a game since September.
Cisse has scored one goal, created three chances, has a pass accuracy of 75% and a shot accuracy of 43%, and has won four headers and four tackles.
Aleksandar Mitrovic and Ayoze Perez are ahead of Cisse in the pecking order at the moment, and it will be interesting to see what the Newcastle striker does if he gets offers in the January transfer window.