Ameobi admits future lies away from Newcastle United – but vows to give his all

PROUD GEORDIE: Newcastle's Shola Ameobi (left)
PROUD GEORDIE: Newcastle's Shola Ameobi (left)

SHOLA Ameobi admits his future is likely to lie away from Newcastle United.

And the long-serving striker is determined to give everything for the Magpies between now and the summer, when his contract at St James’s Park expires.

All the indications are that this season will be Ameobi’s last at St James’s Park.

And Ameobi– who has scored 77 goals for the club since making his debut more than 13 years ago – says it will be a “sad moment” when his career at United finally ends.

But the 32-year-old, expected to make Nigeria’s squad for this summer’s World Cup finals in Brazil, still feels he has a lot to offer before that day comes.

“After the summer, my future is unclear,” Ameobi told SportMail.

“Basically, I’ll do what I’ve always done. Like I’ve always said, I’ve never taken it (playing for Newcastle) for granted.

“Every time I step on that pitch, I relish it.

“When it does finally end, it’ll be a sad moment, but at the moment my focus is trying to help this club.

“That’s what I’ve always tried to do, and that will never change.”

Ameobi, an unused substitute for Newcastle’s last two games, the defeats to Totttenham Hotspur and Chelsea, has made 388 appearances for United over the past 13 years.

If Ameobi plays another 10 games this season, he will overtake club legend Jackie Milburn (397), who is 10th in Newcastle’s all-time appearances table.

The Geordie – who has been linked with a summer move to Chinese club Guangzhou R&F, managed by Sven-Goran Eriksson – hasn’t scored a league goal since December 2012, when he netted in a home win over QPR.

Meanwhile, Rubin Kazan have again been linked with United striker Papiss Demba Cisse after a move for PSV Eindhoven’s Tim Matavz broke down.

The club can sign players until February 27, when the Russian transfer window closes.

And Arsenal are reportedly among the teams eyeing a summer move for Loic Remy, on a season-long loan at Newcastle.

The odds are seemingly stacked against United making his move from QPR permanent given the interest in the 27-year-old elsewhere.

Remy’s Loftus Road salary would also break the club’s strict wage structure.