Newcastle United midfielder Henri Saivet has told The Chronicle that he definitely wants to play for the club amid a lack of opportunities under Rafael Benitez.
The Magpies swooped to sign Saivet from Bordeaux back in January 2016, having become one of the most impressive central midfielders in French football.
Whilst fans were excited to see the Senegal international in action, but he made just four appearances for Newcastle before the club suffered relegation to the Championship.
Saivet was completely frozen out under Rafael Benitez, and was sent out on loan to French side Saint-Etienne, making an almost instant return to Ligue 1.
Newcastle United midfielder Henri Saivet
The midfielder notched one goal and two assists in 27 league games for Saint-Etienne, but they didn't move for a permanent deal, leaving Saivet to stay with Newcastle after the end of the transfer window.
Saivet was in action for the Newcastle Under-23's earlier this week, in the hope of making an impression against Wolverhampton Wanderers to prove that Benitez should consider him for first-team action.
Now, Saivet has told The Chronicle that he very much wants to play for Newcastle, as it's a massive club and a major honour to play for them, even if only for their reserves.
Saivet added that he wants to show Benitez just what he can do, and is desperately hoping to make Premier League appearances for Newcastle this season.
“I want to play for Newcastle United,” said Saivet. “Whenever you pull on a Newcastle shirt it’s an honour. It’s a massive club and when you put the jersey on and get on to the pitch, you have to give 100% - even for the reserves. You want to play well every time.”
“I have to show him I can play in his team. I have to play very well in each training session or reserve game. He has told me to show what I can do and we need everybody in the squad so I will keep going. Maybe one day I will get my chance and show what I can do. I know there will be a chance.”
“In football you know you can start a season in the stand or on the bench, but finish it in the team. You just never know but I am ready to play at any time. I have to stay fit. I will play for the reserves. The season is long and it is about improving as you go along so that’s what I’ll do,” he added.