Cape Town - Moussa Sissoko wants to join a "big club" and is hopeful of doing a deal with Real Madrid ahead of the new season.
The 26-year-old midfielder suffered relegation with Newcastle last term but was a star performer for France at the 2016 European Championships this summer.
He has been reportedly training alone since his return to the club, having expressed a desire to leave. But despite reported interest from the likes of Arsenal, Liverpool, Everton and Crystal Palace, Sissoko remains at the club.
Speaking to the BBC World Service radio station, he said: "I hope Real will come for me, I'm still waiting.
"If Real Madrid are interested in you then of course you will be happy, but right now I am still a Newcastle player."
He added: "I spent three and a half years here. I gave everything for this club and I want to play some big games. For that I need to go somewhere else.
"I want to play in the Premier League, I want to play for a big club who can get into the Champions League. That's why I said I want to leave this year.
"I've spent a lot of time here and now it's time to look forward. The fans need to understand my situation, I hope they will and that everything will be OK."
Sissoko, who still has three years left on his contract, has played 133 games for Newcastle since joining from Toulouse in 2013.