Allan Saint-Maximin has hinted he could leave Newcastle United soon, despite impressing at St James’ Park.
The French winger has shone since signing a six-year deal from Nice last summer with the Magpies paying £16.5m for his services.
The 23-year-old has started this season in fine form though is yet to pick up a France senior cap, despite winning seven caps for France U21s.
But Saint-Maximin is eager to ply his trade in European competitions for his club and has suggested he could leave Newcastle in order to look for that.
He said: “For my part, everything will depend on this development.
“If the club is developing well and it is in line with my desires, staying is a possibility.
“Afterwards, if things don't turn out like that, obviously the question of leaving will arise.
“Being able to play in Europe and the Europa League would be really great. The Champions League is a big dream, every footballer wants to play it.”
Saint-Maximin is also keen to represent his country and admitted being a Newcastle player does not get looked on favourably.
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He added: “Disadvantage, I wouldn't say that, but for sure if you play in Manchester, Liverpool, Chelsea… it's easier to have access to the French team.
“After that we are in the biggest championship in the world, so if we manage to end up in the top 10, there will also be an advantage thanks to the reputation of the Premier League.
“It's up to me to perform, but in all honesty, it's in the back of my mind right now, but I don't think about it.”
Newcastle boss Steve Bruce hopes his player stays having enjoyed watching Saint-Maximin.
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Bruce said: “He’s got breathtaking ability, but we all know there’s a bit of the maverick in him which becomes sometimes difficult.
“But he’s different, unique, a wonderful footballer and skills as good as I’ve worked with.
“He’s still got a lot of work to do defensively-wise, of course, but when he gets you faced up and when gets you one-on-one in the box and the pace and power he’s got left or right, then he is naturally a joy to watch.
“Let’s hope he keeps on improving because he’s a big asset to us when he’s right.”
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