Cisse focused on Newcastle

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Newcastle United striker Papiss Cisse insists he remains committed to the Magpies despite interest from clubs in Turkey and the Middle East.

The Senegal international striker opened the scoring in Newcastle's first game of the season; a 2-2 draw against Southampton at St James' Park on Sunday.

Turkish clubs Trabzonspor and Fenerbahce have reportedly been keeping tabs on Cisse for several months now and there are also rumours of interest from clubs in the Middle East.

However, the player himself stated he has no desire to leave the club any time soon.

"I have a contract at Newcastle United. I need to be professional every time I play. I don't have a team to leave to," he told the Newcastle Chronicle.

"I am a Newcastle player. I try to work hard in every game I get."

Despite a season disrupted by a trip to the Africa Cup of Nations, a six-game suspension for spitting, and another three game ban for an elbowing offence, the 30-year-old still managed to score 11 goals in 23 games for the Magpies.

"I try to forget about last season because it was very, very hard for me. Sometimes I take something back. I stay strong. I always do my best. I enjoy this moment," he added.

"The gaffer speaks to me well and learns me some things. I am happy to work for him."