On Sunday The Mag was the first in England to carry quotes from an interview Moussa Sissoko gave to France Football.
It was interesting to hear him talk about a whole range of subjects, including the fact that Newcastle United had ‘vetoed’ a move away from Tyneside in the summer.
When asked about whether he had an agreement with Newcastle that he could leave next summer, the French international was evasive and just said that he wanted to do his best for Newcastle this season and then hopefully do the same for his country in the Euros, which are being held in France.
There are plenty of things to get annoyed about with Moussa Sissoko, such as his many anonymous performances for United last season, despite his claims in this latest interview that he always tries his very best.
Likewise, he told France Football that he can take or leave speaking to the media and would be happy just to ‘stay in the corner’ and yet we have heard a succession of interviews over the past couple of years, where Moussa Sissoko has repeatedly said he wants to move to a club that can give him Champions League football.
However, typical of the press in this country, a rather bizarre thing has been picked up on from this latest long interview, one answer taken out of context and misrepresented by the English media.
This is the question/answer that I’m referring to, along with the other questions/answers that surrounded it and give it proper context.
In 29 selections (for France) you have been substituted 15 times. Replaced half the time, are you okay with that?
I’m at the place where I should be. Like everyone else, I want to play all the matches of course. But whether five minutes, an hour or ninety minutes, I’m always happy to play.
In the France team you cannot be frustrated. If it was like that in Newcastle, I would have another speech …
According to you, you stay there (Newcastle) to get more playing time in the France team?
Today, look at those who play in my position: Blaise (Matuidi) who did extraordinary things for PSG, Paul (Pogba) who is wonderful for Juventus, Yohan Cabaye who has just signed for Crystal Palace (ED: After playing for ‘big’ club PSG – not Palace!) and Morgan Schneiderlin who is now at Manchester United … Compared to me, they all play in big clubs.
Playing for Newcastle slows your ascent with the Blues (France)?
No, that’s not it. I am in Newcastle but it is not a club of the Big Four … And I do not forget that media focus on bigger clubs than mine and (some of their players) are not called.
The press have transparently done this on purpose, ridiculously taking the meaning of what Moussa Sissoko is saying as being that he thinks Crystal Palace is a bigger club than Newcastle United.
Do any of them honestly believe that this is what he meant? Of course not.
Do they think it would spoil the story if they gave the quotes the proper meaning and context? Of course.
Sissoko’s reference to Yohan Cabaye playing for a big club is clearly a reference to PSG, not bloody Crystal Palace.
In his next answer he puts it into context when he talks about the ‘Big Four’ in England as being ‘big’ clubs, not Crystal Palace – obviously.
Furthermore, he makes clear that he doesn’t see playing for Newcastle as handicapping his chances of playing for France, even making the point that regular football is the most important thing, which is the major reason of course why Yohan Cabaye moved from ‘big’ club PSG to Palace, for first team football.
Sissoko might get subbed a lot in games for France but he is an established first teamer and is very rarely left out of the first eleven, then when he is subbed it is almost always in the very final stages of the matches.
They say that the public get the media that they deserve, well if you believe the newspapers’ ridiculous distortion of this Moussa Sissoko ‘Big Club Crystal Palace’ non-story, then you deserve to be reading the rubbish that mostly passes for mainstream media in this country.