Papiss Demba Cisse has pledged to fight for his place at Newcastle United – despite claims the club want to sell him.
Cisse was the Magpies’ top scorer last season, hitting 11 goals in 22 games for United.
But his campaign was dogged by disciplinary issues and injury, with the Senegal star missing more than half the season with a knee injury and bans for spitting at Manchester United’s Jonny Evans and elbowing Everton defender Seamus Coleman.
Reports have suggested Newcstle are willing to cash in on the 29-year-old, who is under contract until 2017 after his £9m move from Freiburg in January 2012.
But Cisse has vowed to stay and try to impress Newcastle’s new head coach Steve McClaren.
“I’m here, I’m at Newcastle and I have one and a half (years left on my) contract,” Cisse told Sky Sports News.
“I am a Newcastle striker. I just think about my holiday and when I go back to Newcastle I will try to work hard and try to make the team.”
McClaren is in the transfer market for two new strikers this summer, which casts doubts on whether Cisse is part of his plans at St James’s Park.
The striker, however, has welcomed the arrival of the new head coach.
He added: “It’s good for Newcastle because he’s been the England manager before. It is good to change something in the team.”