Tuesday Apr 23, 2019. 09:16
Senegal international Mohamed Diame says he loves playing for Newcastle United, but admits that he could leave the club at the end of the season.
The 31-year-old will see his current deal with the club expire at the end of the 2018/19 campaign, though he will automatically earn a one-year extension should he start two more matches.
Diame’s sticking point with the Magpies is his request for a two-year extension – something the club are unwilling to grant him at this stage.
"The situation is still the same: I need two more starts to get one extra year,” Diame told Chronicle Live.
"But, I spoke with the club, and when we were talking about my contract, I asked for two years, and they don’t want that.
"Because we know what they want for this club; it’s difficult to get an extension when you are over 30 here.
"It’s not a problem for me; it’s football and part of the job. If I get the opportunity to stay, I will stay and if not, I will go somewhere else and enjoy my football.
"I’m trying to enjoy it as much as I can because it’s amazing playing here with all the fans, and more when we’ve got an atmosphere like this and we are winning games.
"So, I’m just trying to enjoy it as much as I can and, after, we’ll see what happens. I will be fine, of course.
"As I’ve said, being a player who played for 10 years in this country – it opens you a lot of doors. I will be fine.
"But, as I’ve said since the beginning: I’m so happy here and I’m enjoying my days in Newcastle. So, we will see."