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Bayer Leverkusen chief Rolfes confident keeping Newcastle target Diaby

Bayer Leverkusen sports chief Simon Rolfes remains hopeful of keeping Moussa Diaby.

The France international is being linked with Newcastle United this summer.

Rolfes said, "I'm optimistic and assume that Moussa will stay with us.

"With the Champions League and a possible participation in the World Cup, Moussa has big career steps ahead of him. It is important that he plays in a team in which he plays a central role and enjoys the trust of the coaches and those responsible."

Rolfes added: "He is aware of that. I think Moussa is in exactly the right place at Bayer 04."

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