Moussa Sissoko is set to play his part

French international Moussa Sissoko has promised Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew that he will play any position in the new season

Moussa Sissoko of Newcastle United
Moussa Sissoko of Newcastle United

Moussa Sissoko has promised his manager Alan Pardew that he will play in any position for Newcastle United.

The manager’s decision to move the player around his midfield last season was the cause of much debate among supporters.

French international Sissoko made his name with Toulouse as a defensive central midfielder – and he admitted in a recent interview that was his preferred role.

His best performances since the January move came when he started in a central role and it is where he expected to play.

However, speaking on www.nufc.co.uk , Sissoko said: “The manager played me as a number ten for a large part of last season and I’m very happy to play there.

“But next season we’ll see what happens. We’ll see what the manager wants, see where he wants me to play.

“I’ll try and adapt the best I can, but the objective for me is just to come out and have a good season personally, because next summer is a World Cup year.

“So I want to try and play well. I’ll be motivated so I can get into a good position personally to try and attack the French national team and get into the squad.

“I have rested up to make sure I come back on top form.”

Yesterday was the first day of training for Newcastle’s first team and to the dismay of the supporters, there were no new faces at the club.

Wigan striker Arouna Kone, as we reported yesterday, will join

Everton, while the Darren Bent

situation has not changed.

Shola Ameobi might be one player who exits Newcastle, but he won’t be going to the UAE, as was suggested in the Nigerian press who yesterday revealed that the striker will once again be selected for the country of his birth.

The 31-year-old made his debut for the Super Eagles last season, but was left out of the squad for this year’s African Cup of Nations.

The Nigerian Football Federation confirmed that a clause had been removed from Ameobi’s contract that would allow him to re-start his international career.

Nigeria coach Stephen Keshi said: “The national team can do with his experience.”

There was speculation that Ameobi would become the latest high profile player to move to the riches of the UAE Pro League.

Three clubs, Al Nasr, Al Wasl and Al Wahda were linked with Ameobi, but these suggestions are well wide of the mark.

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