NUFC Euro star Shola Ameobi wants to finish career with boyhood club

Newcastle's Shola Ameobi, left, celebrates after scoring against Club Brugge during the Group D Europa League soccer match, in Bruges, Belgium, on Thursday, Nov. 8, 2012. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)

Newcastle's Shola Ameobi, left, celebrates after scoring against Club Brugge during the Group D Europa League soccer match, in Bruges, Belgium, on Thursday, Nov. 8, 2012. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)

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SHOLA Ameobi would love to spend the rest of his career at Newcastle United.

The club’s long-serving striker and European talisman has another year left on his St James’s Park contract.

And United manager Alan Pardew last month said he would happily see the 31-year-old offered another deal.

Pardew said: “Shola’s still got another year here - and I don’t see a problem with extending that. I hope he wants to stay.”

Ameobi - who was handed his debut by Sir Bobby Robson almost 13 years ago - hopes to play his 50th European game for Newcastle tomorrow night when the club faces Benfica at the Estadio da Luz in a Europa League quarter-final.

With so much at stake in the Europe and the Premier League, Ameobi isn’t thinking about his future - yet.

But he’s not looking to leave the club he has served all his career.

“That’s something that hasn’t been discussed yet, but everyone knows my feeling about being at this club,” Ameobi told the Gazette.

“We just have to see what happens. They might want to go in a different direction. That’s fine by me as well.

“But I’ve always said as long as I’m wanted here, I’ll be a Newcastle United player.

“We’ll see what happens. It’s not something I’m really focusing on at the moment. I want to get this season out of the way first.”

Ameobi has scored 76 goals for United in a first-team career which has spanned 13 seasons.

He has netted 15 times in Europe. Only all-time leading scorer Alan Shearer has scored more goals against continental opposition.

After goalkeeper Steve Harper - who is leaving St James’s Park in the summer after two decades of service - he is Newcastle’s longest-serving player.

However, Ameobi has started just four Premier League games so far this season, and, mindful that he doesn’t have too many years left at the top, he is keen to play a bigger role for the club domestically.