MOUSSA Sissoko has insisted he is ‘happy’ at Newcastle United – and wants to help the club push for Europe again.
The Frenchman’s future was thrown into doubt this week after some quotes from his agent surfaced, where he hinted that Sissoko was open to a possible transfer away from St James’s Park.
The 24-year-old is preparing with the French national team for the World Cup, after being named in Didier Deschamps’ squad for the tournament.
And he has reiterated his desire to stay on Tyneside after the World Cup ends.
Sissoko said: “I’m happy here and happy to play for Newcastle.
“Every week, I try to give my best performance.
“I will go to the World Cup and then come back ready for the new season.”
Sissoko signed from Toulouse in January last year for a bargain £2m, signing a six-and-a-half-year contract.
He immediately took English football by storm with a superb performance against Chelsea, where he scored twice in a 3-2 win.
His performances haven’t hit those heights again, but he played an integral part in Newcastle’s top 10 finish in the Premier League last season.
The midfielder played 38 times, scoring three goals, as he became a mainstay of Alan Pardew’s engine room in either the middle or on the right wing.
Sissoko created more chances than any other Newcastle player, and had more assists, and was handed the captain’s armband against Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur in the absence of Fabricio Coloccini and Cheik Tiote.
And he wants to help Newcastle build on last season’s 10th-placed finish and target a return to European football.
“It’s not very good, but if you finish in the top 10 it’s still a good effort, as last year we finished 16th,” he added.
“It’s better, and maybe next year we can finish in the top seven.
“In England, there’s a lot of good teams. You have got Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester City, so it’s hard to finish in the top four or five, but we need to try.
“Next year we have to try to play better.”