Moussa Sissoko says he’s “happy” to stay at Newcastle United and help the club wipe out the memory of last season.
Sissoko has again been linked with a move away from St James’s Park.
Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool have been credited with an interest in the midfielder.
But the 25-year-old says the club, which is rebuilding its squad in the wake of last season’s Premier League relegation battle, does not want him to leave this summer.
He has been buoyed by the double swoop for fellow midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum and the capture of striker Aleksandar Mitrovic for a combined fee of £27.5million.
And Sissoko, for his part, insists he is not eyeing the exit door, despite his keenness to play Champions League football.
When you are a player, there is always a story, but I’m still at Newcastle and I’m happy here.Moussa Sissoko
“I know the club want me to stay, and this year they will bring in some players,” said the France international.
“We have a good team so we can do something good – better than last year, because the last six months of last year was very poor.
“I hope we can have a better season.”
Sissoko told of his admiration for Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho in an interview with a French radio station last month, and he has previously talked of his intention to sign for a “big club” and play in the Champions League.
However, asked about the speculation surrounding his future, he said: “When you are a player, there is always a story, but I’m still at Newcastle and I’m happy here.
“I think we have a good team and we can have a good season. We all have to work together.
“For me personally, I’m happy to be here.
“I’m working for the team and for myself.”
Sissoko, signed from Toulouse two and a half years ago, played 90 minutes of last weekend’s 1-0 win over Sacramento Republic in California.
“It was a good game against a good team,” he said. “We played well and showed some good things.”
Sissoko was expected to feature in the early hours of this morning against Major League Soccer side Portland Timbers in the final game of Newcastle’s USA tour.