Cheick Tiote has said he wants to stay at Newcastle after speculation had linked him with a move away.
Tiote, 26, cultivated a reputation as one of the best defensive midfielders in the Premier League during his first two seasons in England, but suffered a disappointing campaign as the Magpies struggled badly last term.
Since the end of the season, he has been linked with a move to Russian side Lokomotiv Moscow - but he stressed that he wanted to stay on Tyneside and recapture his form.
“I will be a Newcastle player next season,” he told the Evening Chronicle. “I want to play here for many years to come. I have a contract here, and I am looking forward already to next season.
“When the team struggles, you are criticised. That’s football. The manager [Alan Pardew] and the players understand this.
“We have to believe in him and stay together. I think he is a very good manager, and I think next season will be different.”
Tiote said he believed Newcastle could challenge for European football, adding: “The most important thing is to start next season well. Hopefully, it will be a good season.”