Tiote loves the Toon


Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew was given a boost after Cheick Tiote voiced his loyalty for the Toon.

The Ivory Coast international has been the subject of much speculation leading up to the January transfer window.

Alan Pardew has insisted the tough tackling midfielder wouldn’t be leaving the Sports Direct Arena, though Tiote had kept counsel until now.

“I am flattered by clubs interested but there is nothing official,” he told skysports.com.

“When teams such as Chelsea, City, Liverpool, United are interested in you it makes you think twice, but I love Newcastle, I belong to Newcastle and I enjoy my life here.”

Sir Alex Ferguson has been credited with an interest in taking Tiote to Old Trafford to help ease the Red Devils’ midfield injury crisis.

Manchester United were not the only team said to be chasing the former FC Twente man – Chelsea were also thought to be tracking him.

Andre Villas-Boas is reportedly desperate to upgrade his ageing squad and was pondering an attempt to bring the 25-year-old to Stamford Bridge.

A number of other Barclays Premier League clubs were said to be chasing Tiote, who has only recently returned from a knee injury.

He is expected to start tonight in Newcastle’s Barclays Premier League fixture with West Brom at the Sports Direct Arena.

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