Tiote could head to Africa Cup of Nations following Man United clash

Newcastle United star Chiek Tiote could be joining his Ivory Coast team mates following the Magpies’ clash with Man United on 4th January, according to The Shields Gazette.

The influential midfielder, who is rumoured to have attracted the interest of the Red Devils, has been called up to join up with the national side at their training camp in Abu Dhabi ahead of the Africa Cup of Nations, which runs until 12th February – potentially ruling him out of up to six club matches.

The 25-year-old admitted that he and his club face a difficult situation, saying: “I want to play for my country, and I want to stay here and play for Newcastle. I just hope we do well while I’m away. We have some tough games and we need to start taking more points.

Magpies manager Alan Pardew, who could also lose Demba Ba for the tournament due to Senegal’s participation, is likely to watch with keen interest on similar situations involving players at rival Premier League clubs, with Man City struggling to retain the services of Tiote’s international team mates Yaya and Kolo Toure. He said: “We’re watching all of that. It impacts on us. If Yaya Toure doesn’t go, why should Cheik go? We’re all in the same boat.

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