Cheick Tiote remains fully committed to Newcastle United, with there no intention on his part to look for a summer move elsewhere.
The combative midfielder has seen his profile rise considerably since completing a move to St James' Park from FC Twente in 2010.
A £3.5million deal has provided full value for money for the Magpies, with the 26-year-old considered to be one of the most consistent performers in the Premier League.
Unsurprisingly, his ability has been noted by others and reports suggesting he could be lured away from Tyneside continue to do the rounds.
Newcastle, though, are determined to resist any approach and Tiote insists he has no desire to leave a club where he feels settled.
Asked at the Magpies' pre-season training camp in Germany if he plans on sticking around, Tiote told the Evening Chronicle: "Yes. I am still a Newcastle player. I am very happy here.
"All I am looking at is that the season ahead of us will be a really good one, just like last season.
"Last season we finished fifth and doing that again will be difficult."
Newcastle's efforts in 2011/12 earned them a place in the Europa League, and Tiote is looking forward to taking in continental competition.
He added: "I am ready for the challenge with Newcastle. It's a new season, and I think we have a lot of things to do.
"We will be playing in two competitions and it's going to be difficult."