Diame says contract saga wont be a distraction
Mohamed Diame says "it won't be a problem" if Newcastle don't meet his contract demands and he leaves - even though he'd like to stay.
The 31-year-old midfielder will secure an automatic 12-month deal if he starts three more Premier League games this season under the terms of his existing contract.
However, the French-born former Senegal international is looking for two years and could leave St James' Park on a free transfer this summer if that clause is not triggered.
Diame said: "It will not be a problem because the club know my position. I am focused on what this club needs to stay up, as that is the most important thing.
"I have been playing a lot this season, so it will not be a problem to find another team.
"They know I want to stay. But it's not about me, it is about the club and what they want to do. I am focused on the job of staying up and there will be time in the summer to think about this.
"I am happy here, that's what I can say. If I can stay I will stay, but if I have to go, I will go. It won't be a problem."
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