United defensive target ‘wants European football’

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Cheick Tiote has insisted that he is happy at Newcastle, despite recently being connected with a move to Manchester United.

Tiote has been a star for the Toon, particularly with off field controversy at the club of late, and the 25-year-old has helped the north eastern club complete a widly successful start to the season that has seen them maintain a position in the top four.

And while Manchester United are reportedly monitoring the star, and he has admitted he would like to play European football, Tiote believes that Newcastle have a chance of making it into a European tournament themselves.

"Yeah, I'm happy at Newcastle," Tiote told the Sunday Sun. "I have a long contract at Newcastle now and I need to stay focused because we are in a very good position.

"We have the possibility for a very, very good season but we need to stay focused and keep going like we are now.

"Every player wants to play in Europe and I am no different. I think that Newcastle can get into Europe, but we need to stay focused as of now and keep working together.

"It is possible for us to get into Europe but we need to stay focused and we need to keep going as we are now."

United will no doubt still be keeping an eye on Tiote, who is currently also drawing attention from Chelsea and Tottenham. And should Newcastle not make Europe this year, and sell more players over the next two transfer windows, the Ivory Coast international might consider a move to United after all.

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