Newcastle United are ready to offer Moussa Sissoko a new deal, with head coach Steve McClaren saying: “I want him to be the main focus of the team.”
Club captain Fabricio Coloccini this week signed a one-year extension to his contract.
The deal, which keeps the 33-year-old at Newcastle until 2017, ended ex-United manager Alan Pardew’s hopes of a reunion with Coloccini at Crystal Palace.
McClaren spoke this week about Sissoko’s importance to his plans ahead of tomorrow’s Premier League season-opener against Southampton at St James’s Park (1.30pm kick-off).
“We can’t lose Moussa,” said McClaren. “I’ve said to (United managing director) Lee Charnley ‘we’ve got to keep this guy’.
“I want him to be the main focus of our team.”
We can’t lose Moussa. I’ve said to (United managing director) Lee Charnley ‘we’ve got to keep this guy’.Steve McClaren
Sissoko signed a six-and-a-half year deal when he joined Newcastle from Toulouse in January 2013.
And the 25-year-old – who is looking to cement his place in Didier Deschamps’ France squad ahead of Euro 2016, which is being staged in his homeland – still has four years left of that contract to run.
Newcastle, however, are understood to be willing to look at Sissoko’s contract, according to sources in France.
And Sissoko – who has been linked with a number of clubs are the past two years – is not looking to leave the club this summer.
Speaking last month, Sissoko said: “When you are a player, there is always a story, but I’m still at Newcastle and I’m happy here.”