Newcastle United are working in partnership with Moussa Sissoko to try and sell him, in my opinion.
I don’t have secret documents or a dossier containing photos of dodgy meetings with shady characters or representatives of other clubs, which are probably the same people in reality…
In the last 24 hours an interview with Moussa Sissoko was published in France, which for at least the third time repeated the same messages.
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He wants to plays for a ‘big’ club, he wants to play Champions League football, but for the moment he is ‘happy’ at Newcastle United. In this particular interview, maybe the only change was that he added that he would be 26 in August, pointing out clearly that he feels the clock is ticking.
Now ask any journalist and they will tell you that no player is allowed to do any interview without the club’s permission, indeed the newspapers/journalists know that if they did do such an interview without the club’s consent then they risk losing their press privileges and access to Newcastle United.
So we have a situation where every few months Moussa Sissoko is giving these interviews and sending out the same message.
I don’t know what ‘Come and get me’ translates to in French but the Newcastle midfielder is using it plenty.
So Sissoko keeps giving these unsettling (for fans) interviews, he’s not caught on the hop in the street and gives a one line answer to an off the cuff question, these are proper sit down interviews with major French media companies.
No disciplinary action by the club against the player or the media outlets, no refuting or clarification of the comments by the player and/or the club.
Amusingly, this time Moussa Sissoko himself actually tweeted his 146,000 followers with a link to the ‘exclusive interview’, just to make sure no doubt they are still listening in North London, Paris, wherever. Actually I was surprised that Newcastle United didn’t retweet his link to the latest ‘come and get me’ interview…
I am now convinced that just like Yohan Cabaye before him (remember, when Yohan was sold he said he’d come to an arrangement with NUFC that they would sell him in that January), an understanding has been reached between Sissoko and the club to work together to get his transfer at the highest possible price – a win/win situation for Mike Ashley and Moussa Sissoko, but another nightmare for the fans as the latest most saleable asset (AKA best player) is helped out of the club.
So no wonder the club don’t kick up a force when Sissoko is telling the world he will leave if any ‘big’ club comes in for him, while at the same time the local press keep putting out the message on behalf of the club that they are ‘hard sellers’, which translates from Geordie into English as – pay what the Newcastle owner wants and he’s yours.
I think is is also obvious now that any decent new players with any kind of a pedigree are being sold a certain dream when they agree to join Newcastle, the latest being the likes of Cabella, Janmaat and De Jong in the summer.
These players and their agents aren’t stupid, they can see that Newcastle have no ambition on the pitch and that successful players are allowed to move on.
I think it is guaranteed that these players are given the big sell of;
‘Look, you can see Newcastle aren’t going to be winning trophies but we’ll give you your chance in England, get plenty of matches, then if you show you can hack it in the Premier League you’ll then get a move to a decent club’.
With players such as Cabaye, Debuchy and Demba Ba referenced as players to aspire to.
Monday is the transfer deadline, prepare yourself. I think we will be seeing a bit more of a sales pitch from both Moussa Sissoko before we can potentially breathe easy again.