Sunday Evening: Moussa Sissoko gives interview in France – Full translation
Moussa Sissoko has given his latest interview over in France whilst away on international duty.
The Newcastle midfielder appearing on Canal Football Club on Sunday night, David Ginola also appearing on the show.
After the defeat at Manchester City, Moussa Sissoko has repeated that he wants to play in the Champions League but Newcastle have done all the can to keep him.
He also mentions that he has to give his all for Newcastle to get in the Euros squad for France – we’ll all look forward to that (Sissoko giving his all for Newcastle!).
Here are a few quotes released by Canal Football Club via their Twitter account, then a translation of various other questions and answers, with thanks to our expert translator Pierre.
“I hope to play in the Champions League one day Newcastle has done everything to keep me.”
“Remy Cabella has had a complicated year last year (…) I think he needs to be given time.”
“We are not in a fair position in the League but you have to prove it on the pitch.”
“There is the Euros in sight I have to give my all in order to make the French squad.”
“Hatem could have been in the best clubs in the world at this time. Today he has blossomed, I am very happy for him.”
CFC: Tell us something about this City that only lives for football, about St James Park that is full even when the situation in the league is poor
It is a town that only lives for football, whether we have good or bad results they are always there; every match the ground is full – 52,000.
If you go to the town you see everyone with their Newcastle shirts on, even older people.
It’s really a town that lives for football. Unfortunately, the results are not really good but I hope we will improve soon.
CFC: Newcastle is not doing very well and we are going to watch your match yesterday (video of all the goals shown) where you lost 6-1 despite the fact that you were 1-0 up. What happened Moussa?
When you see the pictures there is nothing you can say, it’s a shame, it could have been so different. We scored first and then we have three opportunities to score that we miss, if we score them the match would have been very different, unfortunately we did not put them in the back of the net and then just before half time Aguero equalises, a little bit lucky.
… We are not in the right position in the league, we know it!
We have quality, we have everything needed to do a good season. The club has invested quite well for this season but there you are, you have to prove it on the pitch! Today we are lacking certain things but it is up to us to improve in these areas.
Ginola: They find it difficult to keep the lead for example against Chelsea… you can see the Newcastle team is capable of playing really good football but in the last 15 minutes you feel that if the opposition up their game Newcastle is capable of crumbling.
CFC: You have a new player at Newcastle in exchange for Cabella, Florain Thauvin. It started well but he seems to be the target of the British press, what has happened to him, what are his difficulties?
He arrived, we managed a draw at (Manchester!) United, he played 15 minutes; then he scored a goal in the following match so everything was going well for him.
Unfortunately for him the results in the league have not followed and also the club has invested a large sum of money in him so the fans are expecting a lot more from him and the club also, but we all have faith in him, he works very hard in training every day and he is trying to give the best of himself like the rest of the team.
I hope he will soon get back into it and that we will see a great Thauvin as we need him to get out [of where we are at].
CFC: Do you really want to continue with Newcastle?
Yes of course, I have a contract with them… I want to continue… lots of things could happen… I leave my agent to deal with all that. I am trying to do a good season the best I can, to do as much as I can for this team. There is the Euros on the horizon at the end of the season I need to give the best of myself in order to make the French squad.
CFC: What about PSG?
I consider myself a Parisian before anything, I was supporting the team when I was young.
CFC: There have been rumours about you signing for PSG, two or three times?
Today playing for Paris would be difficult and it’s not the case. I am well in England, the Premier League is right for me and I take pleasure in playing there every week. I hope to continue. I hope to have better results with Newcastle.
(***It sounds like somebody has had a word in his ear and reminded him that with Newcastle bottom of the league he needs to watch what he says. Compared to previous interviews he was a lot more guarded about what he said and not willing to be so open about his ‘ambitions’!)
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