The story has done the rounds today that a number of Premier League clubs, including Manchester City, Chelsea and Liverpool, had tried to buy Moussa Sissoko this summer.

The story came from the website Foot Mercato in France.

Following on from that report, Get French Football News have now reported that Moussa Sissoko’s representatives have spoken to Foot Mercato to explain why the French midfielder is still at St James Park:

‘The reasons why Moussa did not leave are simple. Newcastle rely on him a lot, he is a strong part of their team and they did not want to separate from him during this transfer window.

They wanted to keep him for another year. Then, with next year being the Euros, it will also be the time to make a decision.

Like all players in the French national team, he went for stability. He did not want to clash (with Newcastle), nor did he want to join a team where he might potentially receive less playing time. These two situations were possible for him.

He made the decision to stay at Newcastle this year. He will see with the agreement of Newcastle what he will do. The president (ED: of Newcastle…President Charnley?!!) let us know that he wanted to keep Moussa.

The club had offered him the right to leave but they changed their tune during the transfer window. Between the sales and the arrivals and the desire to keep a competitive team, to let go of one of their best players in the team would have altered the spirit in the camp.

Choosing between receiving €25m (approx £18m) for Moussa and losing him, they made their choice quickly. Newcastle know that he is one of the top ten central midfielders in England. All that meant that the club did not foresee a transfer this summer.’

According to the Foot Mercato report, Moussa Sissoko is set to imminently be offered a contract extension.

Moussa Sissoko starts tonight (Friday) for France, in their friendly away against Portugal. Yohan Cabaye is also in the starting eleven, with Mathieu Debuchy on the bench….as always!!