Newcastle United midfielder Cheik Tiote insists he’s happy at the club and fully committed to the St. James’ Park cause.
The Ivorian international has been a revelation for the Magpies in the last two seasons, impressing on Tyneside following a £3.5 million move in 2010 from FC Twente.
However, Tiote has revealed that he’s not interested in a move away from the club, and is currently enjoying the pre-season training camp in Germany.
"Yes. I am still a Newcastle player. I am very happy here,” he told The Evening Chronicle.
"All I am looking at is that the season ahead of us will be a really good one, just like last season. Last season we finished fifth and doing that again will be difficult."
Newcastle emerged as legitimate contenders for a top four finish last season, with Alan Pardew’s side just falling short at the end of the campaign and ending up in fifth – one place ahead of Chelsea.
That meant they failed to qualify for the Champions League, something that would have happened anyway if they’d finished fourth after the Blues won the competition.
It also means that the Toon get a crack at European football in the Europa League this term however, and that's something that Tiote is looking forward too.
"I am ready for the challenge with Newcastle. It's a new season, and I think we have a lot of things to do," he added.
"We will be playing in two competitions and it's going to be difficult."