Papiss Cisse has cast fresh doubt over his Newcastle United future by admitting he doesn’t know if he will still be at the club after the transfer window closes, writes Richard Mennear.
And the 30-year-old striker has questioned whether he has done “something wrong” after being dropped from the first team.
The decision is for the gaffer to make and I accept that, but it’s very hard for me.
If he remains a Newcastle player, Cisse could be in line for an extended run after Aleksandar Mitrovic’s red card against Arsenal.
But Cisse, who has two years left on his deal, has long been linked with a move away with interest from Turkey, China and the UAE.
And his agent Madou Diene was quoted over the weekend saying his client is frustrated by the lack of first-team chances and if the right offer came in, they’d consider it.
Newcastle, who have made it clear they don’t want to sell any of their best players, would need to replace Cisse – linked with a fresh move to Galatasaray – if they did decide to cash in on the Senegal international.
When asked about the interest and whether he would be back at St James’s Park, Cisse said: “I don’t know.
“Seriously, I don’t know. I don’t like to speak about it.”
Cisse, reported to be valued at £5.5m, scored 11 Premier League goals last season despite missing much of the season through injury and suspension.
But despite starting the season in the side, he has been dropped in favour of new £13million signing Mitrovic.
“I always want to play,” added Cisse.
“I’m always ready to play. If the manager gives me the chance to play, I will play.
“I work very hard on the training pitch every day, but I don’t know if I’ve done something wrong.
“The decision is for the gaffer to make and I accept that, but it’s very hard for me.
“After the Manchester United game I thought ‘that’s it, that’s football’ and I keep going and work hard and maybe one day I’ll have my chance to come back into the team.
“I always keep going. It’s not the first time this has happened.
“Two years ago and earlier this year, again.
“I just keep working. I don’t know, maybe one day here, or away, I will have my chance to play football again.”
His agent, Diene, said: “If the right offer comes I will ask Papiss to consider it. “Nobody wants to be at a club where you don’t feel wanted.”
Cisse was watching from the bench as Mitrovic was given his marching orders in the early stages at a buoyant St James’s Park.
He came on as a late sub but by then Arsenal were already in front and in full control.
Cisse added: “It’s bad enough when you play against Arsenal and then you take an early red card like that, it wasn’t easy for the players and it wasn’t easy for the manager, too.
“The game was lost, but it was better to lose by one than by three or four.”
He was quick to praise the fans, who were fully behind Steve McClaren’s men.
Cisse said: “Always the fans stay behind their team and support their team and the team works hard to do something for the fans.”