Moussa Sissoko has insisted he is not frustrated with life at Newcastle – despite the club ‘vetoing’ a move away for him in the summer.
Sissoko was speaking in France where he is on international duty ahead of their friendly against Serbia tomorrow.
The midfielder said after the final game of the season against West Ham that he was happy at Newcastle, but that didn’t stop him being linked with a move away during the summer.
And it seems that there were bids for his services, which the Magpies rejected.
When asked if there was interest, Sissoko said: “Yes. There were clubs but Newcastle vetoed.”
And he insists he remains happy on Tyneside, and hopes to help the club to a top-eight finish in the Premier League, especially after the £50million the club spent on new players.
No, not at all,” he replied when asked if he was frustrated that he hadn’t left during the summer.
“I am there at Newcastle, I have the chance to play every weekend, to evolve in a fantastic stadium.
“What I miss is to play leading roles. Now, in my opinion, (this summer) it was a very good recruitment.
“There is a great team this year to have a good Premier League.
“We know it will be difficult to finish in the top five. But if we finish sixth, seventh or eighth with Newcastle, I would be very happy.”
Sissoko played the first 80 minutes against Portugal in a friendly, having fully recovered from the groin strain which kept him out of two Newcastle games last month.