N'Zogbia set on Toon stay
Charles N'Zogbia insists he wants to stay at Newcastle and fight for his future on Tyneside.
By Ben Collins
Last Updated: 26/11/08 6:26pm
Charles N'Zogbia insists he wants to stay at Newcastle and is determined to convince the club he has a future on Tyneside.
It was claimed the French midfielder refused to go on Saturday's pre-match walk and reports came out of France over the weekend that he wanted to leave St James's Park.
But the 22-year-old claims a back spasm prevented him from taking part in the pre-match walk and made it clear he has no plans to move on.
"In an ideal world, I would want to stay with Newcastle United," he told the Newcastle Chronicle.
"This is the first time I have spoken about my future and those quotes attributed to me over the weekend came from my agent back in France.
"Obviously, I am not happy that I have hardly figured in Joe Kinnear's starting line-up recently, but that is up to me to put right."
Kinnear may have to sell to raise funds for the January transfer window, and both Paris St Germain and Bayern Munich are thought to be monitoring N'Zogbia's situation.
"This is all out of my hands, and if Newcastle want to sell me then there is nothing I can do about that," said the former Le Havre trainee.
"But don't forget I have been at Newcastle for over four years now and I consider this my home.
"And I now have a big French pal in Sebastien Bassong, who is doing great for us the moment."
N'Zogbia featured from the bench in Saturday's goalless draw at Chelsea and hopes to push for a return to the starting line-up at Middlesbrough this weekend.
"I have happy memories of the Riverside Stadium as I feel the goal I managed there last season - with my right foot - was one of the best I have scored for the club," he said.
"As far as last Saturday is concerned, I woke up at our team hotel in absolute agony with a back spasm. It's something that often happens to footballers.
"I had to get the doctor to come and attend to me, and this is the only reason why I missed the pre-match walk before the Chelsea game.
"The doctor did wonders for me and I was able to be involved against Chelsea - something I did not think possible when I woke up."