PAPISS Cisse says he NEVER wanted to leave Newcastle United in ths summer.
The striker made an explosive comeback from long-term injury at St James’s Park last weekend.
Cisse scored two goals to claim a point for his team after coming off the bench against Hull City, who had led 2-0.
The 29-year-old – who wasn’t involved in Wednesday night’s Capital One Cup win at Crystal Palace because of illness – had been linked with a move away from St James’s Park in the summer transfer window.
There was interest in Cisse – who has had a barren two years in front of goal – from a club in the Middle East.
But the Senegal international – who suffered a broken kneecap in April – has insisted that a move was never in his thoughts as he worked towards his comeback.
“At this moment, I have just had to focus only on my injury,” Cisse said.
“I never thought ‘I need to move’ or something. No, no.
“It’s just people speaking about it outside. I just had to keep going and training hard. I am a Newcastle player.”
Cisse is hoping bottom-placed United, yet to win a Premier League game, are now turning the corner after a difficult start to the season.
“Yes, I hope so. I hope it gives luck to the team,” said Cisse, signed from German club Freiburg in January 2012.
“The team has to be strong, like we were (against Hull), and work hard. It’s been a very difficult last week. It’s been hard for the players.
“The players didn’t look happy for this game so we needed to show the people that we are strong.”
Cisse, having proved his fitness, is now pushing for a start against Stoke City at the Britannia Stadium on Monday night.
He said: “I go to back into training and work hard.”
Meanwhile, Adam Armstrong is closer than ever to getting his Premier League chance.
The 17-year-old made his full Newcastle debut in Wednesday night’s 3-2 Capital One Cup win over Crystal Palace, setting up two of the goals.
Armstrong worked tirelessly for the team and also showed, in glimpses, the talent he can bring to bear in the opposition half.
“He’s a player that excites us,” said manager Alan Pardew.
“He’s a great finisher – left foot, right foot – and he showed a couple of moments that whet the appetite. But he’s still got a lot of work to do, but we’re proud of him.”
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