Massdaio Haidara has already outlined his ambitions for next season.

The 20-year-old arrived on Tyneside from Nancy in January and made a solid impression towards the end of the last campaign.

Injuries gave Haidara the chance to impress in the left-back slot and now he wants to push on and hold down a first-team place while also aiming to make his international debut for France.

“Changing club in January was something that made me alter my personal objectives, because playing here in the Premier League – and for such a big club – may put me in the limelight a little bit more,” he told the Hartlepool Mail.

“It may give me the experience necessary to push up to the next level.

“My immediate objective is to cement my position in the Newcastle team, play as many games as possible, and then hopefully if I can climb those steps one at a time I can get up to a full cap for France.”

The French Under-21’s loss could be Newcastle’s gain. He had to pull out of their squad for this summer’s Toulon tournament due to a hamstring problem – which will mean he will be fresh for the start of the Premier League season.

“I’ve already been lucky enough to play for the under-21s last year, so already have a bit of experience there,” Haidara added.

“It is an honour to be called up. Unfortunately, with my injury I won’t be able to play this summer, but I hope to be able to be called up again next time they have a selection.

“Representing my country is something I really hold close to my heart. It brings you a lot of experience which can only benefit you at club level as well.

“We now have the holidays, which gives me a great chance to rest up and I am relying on being back on the first day of pre-season, ready to go again.”