MOUSSA Sissoko has settled on and off the pitch at Newcastle United - and determined to help the club up the table.
The powerful midfielder helped Newcastle stay in the Premier League after arriving from Toulouse in January.
And Sissoko is now at home in the city - and in a black and white shirt.
“I’m happy here,” Sissoko said.
“I like the club, the city and the fans.
“I think all the players are happy here at Newcastle.”
Sissoko is on a high after helping the club to three successive victories, which have lifted previously inconsistent United up to eighth in the table.
Newcastle will look to make it four victories in a row when West Bromwich Albion visit St James’s Park on Saturday.
Sissoko - who has lined up on the right side of midfield in recent weeks - feels the spirit and togetherness in the dressing room and on the pitch can take the club a long way this season.
The club’s pre-season aim was a top-10 finish.
But there is a growing belief that United can again challenge for European football, though manager Alan Pardew moved to dampen expectations after last weekend’s 2-1 win over Norwich City.
“When we play together, it’s easier,” said the 24-year-old.
“If we work hard every week, I think when the season finishes Newcastle could be in the top seven or eight.”
Meanwhile, Sissoko’s French countryman Yohan Cabaye has told French radio station RTL that he will assess his situation at the end of the campaign.
Cabaye, signed from Lille two years ago, attempted to force through a move to Arsenal in late August.
The 27-year-old later apologised for his actions, having refused to play in the club’s first two league games.
However, Cabaye remains keen to play in the Champions League.
“I miss the Champions League,” said the France international. “I’ll finish this season with Newcastle, and concentrate on the coming months, and then we’ll see.”