The Ivory Coast midfielder says he wants to focus on getting Newcastle into Europe before he moves his thoughts to the prospect of a new deal or, a transfer away from the Sports Direct Arena…Cheick Tiote wants all talk on his future at Newcastle United to stop until the end of the season.
The Ivorian has reportedly attracted interest from several leading Premier League clubs courtesy of an excellent season on Tyneside, prompting talk that big bids could arrive in the summer.
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Since his £3.5million switch from FC Twente during the summer of 2010, the Ivory Coast midfielder has made a name for himself as one of the best central midfielders in the Premier League.
Tiote has played a pivotal role in Newcastle’s potential top-four finish, and while both the African Nations Cup and injury have at times disrupted is campaign, his partnership with France midfielder Yohan Cabaye has been priceless for the Toon army.
Solid performances over the past two seasons from the ex-Twente midfielder has led to speculation that he could be on his way to a bigger club during this summer’s transfer window.
However, the Newcastle star insists that he is happy on Tyneside as he attempts to help the club realise their improbable Champions League dream.
“Yes, I can achieve what I want to here,” he told The Journal. “I don’t know about the speculation.
“I have four games to play, I think I have to focus on the games because they are important games for the club and for everybody. After the season, we will see.”
Newcastle have been the Premier League’s surprise package this season and are now focused on qualifying for European football next term.
January’s signing of Papiss Cisse has proved to be a fantastic bit of business by boss Magpies boss Alan Pardew with the Senegal striker so far taking the Premier League by storm.
His two goals against Stoke on Saturday have taken his tally to 11 in just 10 games and Tiote believes he has played a big part in their Champions League push.
“For him it is natural to score goals. It feels normal,” he added. “As a striker, it is important to score those goals. If you don’t, you start to worry but he scores every game. It is good for the team too.”
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