Moussa Sissoko achieved his dream on Wednesday and played nine minutes of Champions League football as Tottenham lost to Monaco at Wembley.

This weekend he must surely be a likely starter to make his first eleven for Spurs, as they take on Sunderland on Sunday.

Newcastle fans will no doubt be hoping that he has one of his decent two or three games a season, when the mackems turn up at White Hart Lane.

Asked about the £30m Tottenham were forced to pay after previously saying Newcastle were asking too much for him, Moussa Sissoko says that ‘everybody is happy’ with the eventual deal and ‘that is the most important thing’.

Well, I think at this moment in time Newcastle United and their fans are the happiest with what has happened, closely followed by Everton fans…

The midfielder now admitting that Everton were a live contender until Tottenham arrived at the last minute.

Moussa Sissoko has always had an interesting way with words when it comes to his ambitions and states that ‘I wanted to join this club (Tottenham) directly because it is a big club’.

What we of course all know, is that really Moussa is saying that simply Tottenham were ‘bigger’ than Everton and West Brom, the two other clubs actively trying to sign him.

Similarly, if say Arsenal or Chelsea had come along at the very last gasp, he would have instantly forgotten about Spurs.

You’ve got to love him…

Moussa Sissoko speaking to Sky Sports:

“For me it is the same. I don’t have pressure (because of the £30m transfer fee).

“Newcastle asked for £30m, Tottenham paid it – so that is good for me, good for Newcastle and good for Tottenham. Everyone is happy and that is the most important thing.

I spoke with Everton but when Tottenham came I wanted to join this club directly because it is a big club. Everything in my head was clear so I signed here.

“I’ve played in the Europa League and World Cups, I wanted to play in the Champions League. So I said yes I wanted to join this place.

“I’m very happy to be here. I need to work hard and be 100% as soon as possible, help the team to win something and help them do well this season.

“We deserved to draw the game against Monaco but it was a bad day for us. We need to learn from this game and focus on the next game against Sunderland.”