By Harvey Byrne

Newcastle boss Rafa Benitez has reiterated his desire to keep Moussa Sissoko at St James’ Park.

Sissoko went public with his determination to leave the relegated club after playing for France in Sunday’s Euro 2016 final.

However, manager Benitez does not want to lose the France international.

It has been reported that the Magpies have slapped a new £35m valuation o the Frenchman, who has been linked with Arsenal, Tottenham, Liverpool and Manchester United.

“People are talking about this price, that price – we don’t want to sell, so we haven’t put any price. We are happy with him,” said Benitez to nufcTV.

“I appreciate him too much to think about that. We know he has done really well and a lot of people will be talking about him, but we’d like to see him here and that’s it.”

Were Newcastle to command a £35million fee it would equal a club record transfer fee in terms of cash received, with Andy Carroll sold for the same figure in 2011 to Liverpool.

The attacking midfielder was a mainstay of the team last season and was named captain by Rafael Benitez for the final matches of the campaign.

However, he scored just one goal from 39 appearances and 3,402 minutes of action, a poor return for a player with 35 caps for France and one who plays so high up the pitch.

In other Newcastle news, Rafa Benitez is preparing to make a move for Peter Crouch.