Moussa Sissoko has hinted he is prepared to stay at Newcastle United next season – to preserve his chances of playing in Euro 16.
Sissoko is on duty with the France national team ahead of their friendly against Albania on Saturday.
And he says that Les Bleus coach Didier Deschamps says he will only pick players who are first team regulars at their clubs.
Sissoko admitted he eventually wants to play in the Champions League – and doesn’t think he will achieve that aim with Newcastle – but has suggested that it may be best for his national ambitions to stay with the Magpies for another season.
“Didier Deschamps clearly told us that he will only be choosing players who are regularly playing (at their clubs),” Sissoko told Le Parisien.
“With one year to go until the Euros, you cannot change club and find yourself on the bench.
“At the same time, I want to play for one of the biggest clubs and I would notably like to play in the Champions League, something I cannot do at Newcastle.
“One day or another, my hour will come. In any case, I see myself staying in England.”
Sissoko endured a mixed campaign with Newcastle, excelling at times before Christmas but then looking a shadow of himself in the second half of the campaign.
He was sent off twice, but returned to form just in time to help United avoid relegation, netting the opener in the 2-0 win against West Ham in the last game of the season.
Afterwards, Sissoko told the Gazette he was ‘happy’ at Newcastle.
He said: ““I still have four years on my contract, and I am very happy to be staying here with Newcastle,” he said.
“I will be back in Newcastle in July, and I am still here and still happy.
The Frenchman has been linked in the past with moves to Arsenal, Chelsea and Paris St Germain.