Moussa Sissoko says he will discuss with his uncle what he should do next with his club career.
The French midfielder say he wants to get his remaining friendlies with France out of the way, have a holiday, then after that discuss what to do next with his uncle, who is also his agent.
France play Begium on Sunday night and then next Saturday (13 June) travel to Albania, as hosts of next year’s Euros the French only have friendly matches to prepare them, which makes it even more important that players hoping to be involved are featuring regularly at club level.
Indeed Sissoko in his interview with L’Equipe says that he’s been told by his international manager that he needs to be playing regularly if he wants to be a contender for France’s Euro squad.
This can clearly be taken as a not very subtle reference to the position Yohan Cabaye found himself in once he moved to PSG 18 months ago.
“My future…I am thinking it over.
“The coach, Didier Deschamps, has said that next (2015/16) season will be very important and that I will need game time, to play regularly – I have that opportunity at Newcastle.
“Now, I will first try to finish this season well with France, then I will think it over with my uncle, who is also my agent, we will take the right decision after the holidays, which I am in need of.”
Whilst Moussa Sissoko is one of Newcastle’s most talented players, his words also sum one of the many weaknesses at United. The player clearly seeing his place as assured and yet at times last season, you would have to question whether he’d have deserved to keep his place if there had been any viable alternatives.
This can be said of many of United’s players, a core of 7 or 8 players are pretty much impossible to leave out because the alternatives currently are just not good enough.
Undoubtedly this can lead to complacency because competitiveness is at the heart of any sport, Newcastle’s form was abysmal in the second half of the season and one of the few sympathies you could have with Jon Carver was that he had precious few alternatives.
Moussa Sissoko also had an (unintentional!) amusing comment to make when asked about Steve McClaren who is expected shortly to be confirmed as Newcastle’s (and Sissoko’s…) new boss.
When asked about Steve McClaren the French midfielder commented:
“I don’t know who this manager is but I am happy for him.”
Not the most ringing of endorsements for the former England boss or his profile.