Papiss Cisse has cast fresh doubt over his Newcastle United future by admitting he doesn’t know if he will still be a Magpie after the transfer window closes tomorrow night.
And the 30-year-old striker has questioned whether he has done “something wrong” after being dropped from the first team.
If he remains a Newcastle player, Cisse could be in line for an extended run after Aleksandar Mitrovic’s red card against Arsenal in Saturday’s 1-0 home Premier League defeat.
But Cisse, who has two years left on his contract, has long been linked with a move away with interest from Turkey, China and the UAE.
And his agent Madou Diene was quoted saying his client is frustrated by the lack of first-team chances and if the right offer came in, they’d consider it.
Newcastle, who have made it clear they don’t want to sell any of their best players, would need to replace Cisse – linked with Galatasaray – if they did decide to cash in on the Senegal international.
When asked about the interest and whether he would be back at St James’s Park, Cisse said: “I don’t know.
“Seriously, I don’t know. I don’t like to speak about it.”
Cisse, reported to be valued at £5.5million, scored 11 Premier League goals last season despite missing much of the season through injury and suspension.
But, despite starting the season in the side, he has been dropped in favour of new £13m signing Mitrovic.
“I always want to play,” added Cisse. “I’m always ready to play. If the manager gives me the chance to play, I will play. I work very hard on the training pitch every day, but I don’t know if I’ve done something wrong.
“The decision is for the gaffer to make and I accept that, but it’s very hard for me. After the Manchester United game I thought ‘that’s it, that’s football’ and I keep going and work hard and maybe one day I’ll have my chance to come back into the team.
“I always keep going. It’s not the first time this has happened. Two years ago and earlier this year, again.
“I just keep working. I don’t know, maybe one day here, or away, I will have my chance to play football again.”
His agent, Diene, said: “If the right offer comes I will ask Papiss to consider it. “Nobody wants to be at a club where you don’t feel wanted.”
Cisse was watching from the bench as Mitrovic was given his marching orders for a challenge on Francis Coquelin after just 15 minutres.
He came on as a late sub but by then Arsenal were in front and in full control. Cisse added: “It’s bad enough when you play against Arsenal and then you take an early red card like that, it wasn’t easy for the players and it wasn’t easy for the manager,.
“The game was lost, but it was better to lose by one than by three or four.”
Magpie boss Steve McClaren admits Mitrovic needs to “look at” his temperament but says he will be given the club’s full support, with renowned sports psychologist Steve Black among the backroom staff.
The 20-year-old striker will serve a three-match ban after the international break after his straight red card.
McClaren said: “We don’t want to lose that fire. We’ve just got to get that ice in their head in certain situations and be a bit more sensible.
“I just thought it was harsh, even the yellows,” added McClaren, whose side received six bookings.
Newcastle: Krul, Janmaat, Mbemba, Coloccini, Haidara, Anita (Perez 72), Colback, Sissoko (Cisse 78), Wijnaldum, Thauvin (De Jong 87), Mitrovic. Subs not used: Obertan, Tiote, Darlow, Taylor. Sent Off: Mitrovic (16). Booked: Sissoko, Mbemba, Thauvin, Anita, Wijnaldum, Coloccini
Arsenal: Cech, Bellerin, Gabriel, Koscielny, Monreal, Coquelin, Cazorla, Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arteta 81), Ramsey, Sanchez, Walcott (Giroud 70). Subs not used: Debuchy, Gibbs, Ospina, Chambers, Campbell. Booked: Cazorla. Goal: Coloccini 52 og
Att: 50,388. Ref: Andre Marriner (W Midlands).