Cabaye & Co ‘happy’ at Newcastle, insists Sissoko

SETTLED ... Sissoko.
SETTLED ... Sissoko.

MOUSSA Sissoko insists Newcastle United’s French legion – including Yohan Cabaye – are happy at the club.

The powerful midfielder helped Newcastle stay in the Premier League after arriving from Toulouse in January.

And Sissoko is now at home in the city – and in a black and white shirt.

And while Cabaye was again been linked with a move away from Tyneside after admitting he wants to play Champions League football, Sissoko insists he – and his fellow Frenchmen – are content at Newcastle.

“I’m happy here,” Sissoko told the Gazette. “I like the club, the city and the fans.

“I think all the players are happy here at Newcastle.”

Sissoko’s countryman Cabaye told French radio station RTL that he will assess his situation at the end of the campaign.

Cabaye, signed from Lille two years ago, attempted to force through a move to Arsenal in late August.

The 27-year-old later apologised for his actions, having refused to play in the club’s first two league games.

However, he remains keen to play in the Champions League.

“I miss the Champions League,” said the France international. “I’ll finish this season with Newcastle, and concentrate on the coming months, and then we’ll see.”

Sissoko, meanwhile, is on a high after helping the club to three successive victories, which have lifted previously inconsistent United up to eighth in the table.

Newcastle will look to make it four victories in a row when West Bromwich Albion visit St James’s Park on Saturday.

Sissoko – who has lined up on the right side of midfield in recent weeks – feels the spirit and togetherness in the dressing room, and on the pitch, can take the club a long way this season.

The club’s pre-season aim was a top-10 finish.

But there is a growing belief that United can again challenge for European football, though manager Alan Pardew moved to dampen expectations after last weekend’s 2-1 win over Norwich City.

“When we play together, it’s easier,” said the 24-year-old.

“If we work hard every week, I think when the season finishes Newcastle could be in the top seven or eight.”

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