Papiss Cisse eyes Newcastle stay despite missing out on Champions League

The Senegalese finisher has scored 13 goals in 15 games since his arrival in January, and he aims to continue for the Magpies next season despite missing out on the top four

Newcastle striker Papiss Cisse has apologised to the club’s fans following their failure to qualify for the Champions League, before reaffirming his desire to stay at the Sports Direct Arena.

The Magpies ended the season in fifth place - their highest finish since 2004 - and qualified for the Europa League.

Their run-in surge of seven wins for eight games between mid-March and early May was bolstered by the form of their new Senegalese striker, who scored 13 goals in his 15 league matches since completing his £10 million from Bundesliga side Freiburg in January.

"I hope to continue scoring goals for Newcastle next season, and I’m looking forward to playing in the Europa League," he told the Newcastle Chronicle.

Alan Pardew’s side had entertained hopes of qualifying for an unlikely Champions League place, but had to rely on Arsenal and Tottenham to lose.

The final day loss to Everton ended any hopes quickly, but the forward went on to reflect on how close they came to securing a place.

"It’s good to be in Europe next season, and we can be very happy with what we have achieved this season, but we are still a little disappointed," he continued.

"I’m sorry for the supporters, we wanted to give them Champions League football. That was our objective.

"We wanted to beat Everton, and finish as high as we could, and we’re disappointed to lose. It was one of those days. I had a chance early in the second half, but I didn’t score, and now the season is finished."