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The defender has been linked with a move to QPR, but says he is enjoying life on Tyneside and wants to stay put at the Sports Direct Arena for the foreseeable future

Newcastle defender Danny Simpson says he wants to stay with the club despite being linked with a move away from the North East outfit.

Simpson made 35 Premier League appearances for the Magpies last season and was reportedly close to an England call-up.

Although talks stalled over a new contract recently and QPR were rumoured to be interested in his signature, the right-back says he does not want to leave.

"I'm staying. I never once considered leaving," Simpson told Talksport after featuring in Newcastle's 2-1 win over Tottenham on Saturday.

"As far as I'm concerned I'm staying here. I love the players and I love the manager. He [manager, Alan Pardew] is a top manager and he's a good friend as well.

"You've seen what the fans are like so why would I want to leave this place?"

Simpson moved to the Sports Direct Arena from Manchester United in 2009 initially on loan, before signing a permanent deal in January 2010.

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