Alan Smith insists he is happy at Newcastle and is prepared to fight for a first-team recall.
The 28-year-old joined the Magpies from Manchester United in 2007 in a £6million switch.
He enjoyed a productive first season on Tyneside, making 39 appearances for the club last term.
However, injuries have blighted his 2008/09 campaign and he is yet to get off the mark this year.
His lack of action has led to speculation linking him with a move to either Everton or Middlesbrough.
The combative midfielder has no desire to leave St James' Park, though, and is determined to silence those who continue to doubt his commitment to the club.
"There was speculation about going to Everton but that was never the case and I just want to make that clear - I never wanted to go anywhere," he told the club's official website.
"That's also been the case recently when I was linked with Middlesbrough. As soon as I spoke to the manager he said I was in his plans and I wanted to stay again because I've got a lot to offer this football club.
"Newcastle is the place where I want to play my football and I have got a point to prove to a few people."
The Magpies are currently languishing just two points above the Premier League relegation zone, but Smith is confident that Joe Kinnear has the talent at his disposal to pull clear of trouble.
"Last season was tough for everyone and people have realised it's going to be a difficult season this time around again," he added.
"If anyone doesn't already know it, we are in a relegation fight.
"There's no point in hiding it. The club knows that and we know it's a difficult period.
"We need everyone available and everyone playing. We need to roll our sleeves up and sacrifice ourselves for the team.
"The main aim is for this club to stay in the Premier League this year and then build and build again from there."