Newcastle United midfielder Sissoko eyes top-six finish

The 23-year-old believes the Magpies can replicate the fifth-place finish they achieved in the 2011-12 season, and is eager to impress ahead of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil
Newcastle United midfielder Moussa Sissoko believes that the club can finish in the top six this season.

The 23-year-old joined from Toulouse in January and made an immediate impact on his home debut, scoring two goals in a 3-2 win over Chelsea in February as Alan Pardew's men eased their relegation fears.

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Newcastle left it late to ensure their Premier League status last term, though, with Sissoko's form wavering towards the end of what was a disappointing campaign for the club.

However, the France international is aiming to up his performances this season and feels Newcastle have the quality to replicate the fifth-place finish they secured in the 2011-12 campaign.

"I think we can finish in the top five or six," he told The Evening Chronicle. "It is possible, but we can’t look that far ahead."

Sissoko, who has eight international caps to his name, is also hoping that a strong domestic season will secure him a place in France's squad for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

"This season is my biggest yet," he added. "It's very important to do well with Newcastle.

"I know if I do well with the team then I will be selected for France, hopefully at the finals of the World Cup in Brazil, but it's really all about the new season."