Mo Diame has told BBC Newcastle that he will leave Newcastle United if that is the wishes of The Toon’s hierarchy, but stated that he is desperate to remain with Rafa Benitez’s side.
Diame, 31, is out of contract at the end of the season. Spotrac claims he is earning £45,000 a week at St. James’ Park, while the Chronicle say the former Hull City midfielder is close to triggering an extension.
Indeed, the report claims Diame needs to make 25 appearances this season to trigger an extension until the summer of 2020. After coming at half-time against West Ham, he played for the 24th time this season.
Diame was asked about his Newcastle future after impressing from the bench. He stated he is keen to remain on Tyneside, but will have no problem finding a new club in the summer if he is forced to do so.
“Staying at Newcastle will not be a problem,” Diame said. “The club know my position and that’s it. I’ve been playing a lot this season so it would not be a problem to find another team, but they know I want to stay.
“It’s about the club and what they want to do. But I will stay focused on our job, which is to stay up – that is the most important thing. I have time in the summer to think. If I can stay, I will stay.
“But if I have to go, it won’t be a problem.”
Newcastle have plenty of cover in midfield, but that could quickly change. The breakthrough of Sean Longstaff sees Benitez’s side also boast Isaac Hayden, Jonjo Shelvey, Ki Sung-yueng and Diame.
But Hayden remains keen on leaving the club to be closer to his family down south. Shelvey’s future is questionable given that he has fallen down the pecking order, while Longstaff suffered a knee ligament injury against West Ham.
Newcastle should offer a contract to Diame in order to keep him on side, even as cover and a tutor for the impressive Longstaff.