Asked on Friday about any movement on the Moussa Sissoko situation, Rafa Benitez gave a simple message.

The Newcastle boss saying that now is when ‘the agents have to do their jobs’.

In the modern game, agents are increasingly used by both the selling and buying clubs to bring the parties closer together and make deals happen.

The rewards are often ridiculous as well, with the world record Paul Pogba deal allegedly seeing Manchester United pay out £20m to the player’s urgent, ON TOP of the biggest ever transfer fee (so far…).

Other than that, Rafa is sticking to the line that if no move happens then he will be ‘really pleased’ and any transfer has to be right for club and player.

In the short-term, Rafa Benitez has once again stated that the player can’t play, this time against Bristol City, because he supposedly isn’t fully fit.

The mention about the agents is a departure from Rafa’s usual stock answer and despite what he says, he must surely expect Moussa Sissoko to leave before the window closes and also believe that it is definitely best for Newcastle United.

The way the French international has behaved, means that playing again for Newcastle United would be very difficult for the fans, and surely many of the players as well who must be annoyed at his lack of respect for team-mates and the club.

Rafa Benitez talking at his pre-Bristol City press conference:

Question: ‘Any movement on Moussa Sissoko?’

“Not yet, he (Moussa Sissoko) is still here.

“Training and just working with the team…but still not fully fit.

“This is the time the agents have to do their jobs, (we) have to wait, and as I said before – if he stays here I will be really pleased.

“If he has to go it has to be because positive for the club and for him.”