Tiote has denied rumours that he wants to leave the club, who sit second bottom of the Premier League table.
Newcastle United midfielder Cheick Tiote has denied reports that he wants to leave the North East, and insists he remains “as committed as [he] ever has been to Newcastle”.
It has emerged that Tiote was subject to a £4m bid from Lokomotiv Moscow in the summer which Newcastle rejected, and rumours were doing the rounds this week that the Moscow club were preparing for another attempt to sign the 28-year-old when the January window opens. Arsenal have also been linked with the player.
“It is true there were contacts for me from Arsenal and a club in Russia… I want to leave…” the Ivory Coast international was quoted by the London Evening Standard.
Since then Tiote has spoken to the Newcastle website to clarify his situation; “I saw the quotes that appeared yesterday, but they are not accurate.
Yes there was some interest in me over the summer, and that can be distracting but nothing came of it.
“I’m back to full fitness and only thinking about doing my best for the team.”
With midfield injuries mounting, Gunners fans will be disappointed that Tiote has distanced himself from a move.