In his latest interview, Rafa Benitez has talked quite openly about whether Moussa Sissoko and Gini Wijnaldum will be staying or going.
Similar to other quotes in recent days, Rafa still insists that he wants the pair to stay BUT at the same time admits they may end up leaving.
Not that he’s suggesting that he will be forced to sell them, rather that in the real world if an offer comes in that is in the right ballpark and Wijnaldum and/or Sissoko are desperate to leave, then in the real world a transfer will happen.
Rafa Benitez stating ‘Our idea is to keep these players, if possible – but we know how football is now…’.
The Manager says that Gini Wijnaldum has impressed him in training and that Moussa Sissoko continued his good form of the end of last season into the Euros.
Benitez admits that there is already interest in the players saying ‘We know what is going on, a lot of people will be asking for them…’. With over six weeks of the transfer window still left, the likely scenario will be other high profile players moving and the knock on effect seeing the clubs losing players then coming in for Sissoko and/or Wijnaldum.
A position that doesn’t exactly help the Newcastle boss but one which he knows that he can do little about and so just has to get on with preparing his team in the best way possible.
One interesting comment he does make about Moussa Sissoko is ‘I think everybody can see the potential of the player’.
Considering Sissoko turns 27 in August it is maybe a strange comment to make but is right on the money. The midfielder showed unbelievable promise when arriving at Newcastle and then in these Euros he got somewhere close to that in a couple of matches.
For Newcastle fans, the idea that somebody would be willing to pay £35m for a 27 year old with ‘potential’ would be a perfect illustration of just how crazy this transfer window could well be.
“Our idea is to keep these players, if possible – but we know how football is now and the market and agents.
“We know what is going on, a lot of people will be asking for them but at the moment, we will see if they can stay and improve the team.
“If not, then we will find the best solution for the team.
“I was in contact with him (Moussa Sissoko) after every game and I was delighted because he was doing well and progressing.
“He was playing (for France) at the level he was playing at in the last games of last season, I think everybody can see the potential of the player.”