On-loan Newcastle man drops major hint as to whether he will be at club next season

Remy Cabella says that he expects to remain with Marseille beyond the end of the current campaign.

Newcastle United winger Remy Cabella has confirmed to French publication Foot Mercato that he expects to remain at Marseille next season despite his current loan deal expiring in the summer.

The 25-year-old joined the Ligue 1 side last summer on a temporary deal with a permanent option after an underwhelming first season at St. James' Park following his move from Montpellier to Tyneside for a reported £8 million.

He moved back to France in the summer in a deal which saw since-departed Florian Thauvin arrive in the North East, and has enjoyed greater success back in his native country.

Speaking to Foot Mercato, the French international confirmed that he would like to stay Les Olympiens on a permanent basis after scoring five goals in 31 matches so far this season.

He said: "Yes there is the option to buy, this is what was expected from the start. I think it will be activated. Normally I [expect to be at] Marseille next season.

"I am happy. I have adapted well fast, I get along great with the club, the staff and all the players. There is a great atmosphere. Now I want to help this club back to the highest level."

Newcastle may be advised to cut their losses on Cabella, as they have not had much luck in deals involving the player since his initial arrival.

The playmaker, who scored 14 goals in 37 matches for Montpellier before being signed by the Magpies, netted just once in his first season in England.

The North East club did not even have success in shipping him out again, as the player they signed from Marseille as part of the deal for around £12 million, Thauvin, failed to hold down a regular spot and has since been allowed to return to the club on loan.

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