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Newcastle midfielder Mo Diame expects to leave

Newcastle United midfielder Mo Diame admits he's likely to leave at the end of the season.

With just three games left, Diame needs two more starts to trigger a one-year extension but has hit a political impasse with Toon chiefs.

He told the Evening Chronicle: "The situation is still the same: I need two more starts to get one extra year.

"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."

When asked if he gets the feeling he will be here next season, Diame added: "I don't know at all!

"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 ten 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."

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