Midfielder Moussa Sissoko is confident that Newcastle will perform better next season.

The Toon finished in a disappointing 16th position after qualifying for Europe the previous campaign.

Sissoko joined the club in January and helped his side prevent relegation to the Championship.

The Frenchman told the official club site: "I'm pretty much happy with everything but next season I hope will be better for me, for the team, for the staff and for the whole city. And I'm absolutely sure it will be."

Massadio Haidara, Mathieu Debuchy and Sissoko was not the only player to join the club in the January window with Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa also all joining in the same month.

The 23-year-old made an instant impact, scoring twice in his first home match against, then Champions League holders, Chelsea.

Sissoko added: "Last season was a little bit difficult but in January some great players came in to strengthen the squad.

"They needed some time to bed in but we'll come back next season and we'll all be ready together. We can go much higher up the league than we did last season."

Newcastle will travel to South Africa for part of their pre-season where they will face Ajax Cape Town and fellow Premier League team Everton in July.

There were many problems with the club's pre-season last season after a trip to South Africa was cancelled and manager Alan Pardew hopes this doesn't happen again.

He told ChronicleLive: "We really got let down with pre-season last year and we aren’t going to put ourselves in that position again."

There are no confirmed pre-season plans for the Magpies as of yet.

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