‘I don’t have a team to leave to!’ – Papiss Cisse rejects Newcastle exit talk

first_img1 Newcastle United striker Papiss Cisse has moved to quash reports of a possible St James’ Park exit this summer, insisting he is fully committed to the Magpies.The Senegal international, who netted his 35th Premier League goal in Sunday’s 2-2 draw with Southampton, has been linked with a host of foreign clubs amid the Tyneside outfit’s ongoing interest in QPR frontman Charlie Austin.Moves to Turkish duo Trabzonspor and Fenerbahce, as well as clubs in China and the Middle East, have all been suggested this summer.However, he insists he is focussed only on scoring goals in a black and white shirt as the transfer window enters its final few weeks.Cisse told the Chronicle: “I have a contract at Newcastle United. I need to be professional every time I play. I don’t have a team to leave to.“I am a Newcastle player. I try to work hard in every game I get.”Cisse got the nod ahead of summer arrival Aleksandar Mitrovic for new head coach Steve McClaren’s first competitive game, and made his mark three minutes before the break when he cancelled out Graziano Pelle’s opener.Mitrovic’s arrival has increased competition for places with Cisse and Emmanuel Riviere, while McClaren is hoping there could still be further business done with Austin a long-term target.However Cisse, who missed 10 games through suspension and more because of injury last season, is not fazed by that.He said: “Having other strikers makes me work harder. I know that there are two players behind me who want to play.“Only hard work shows the gaffer what I can do, whether in the game, or in the training sessions.“I want to show him I want to play. I want to score goals to help this team get the wins.” Newcastle striker Papiss Cisse last_img

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