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The Moussa Sissoko Champions League files: Sept 2014 – 22 Nov 2016…

5 years ago

The only thing to be more tedious than Moussa Sissoko talking about the Champions League, has proved to be watching the waster actually playing in it.

Below I have put together many of the utterances of the superstar, ever since he first uttered the words back in September 2014 – ‘Champions League’.

From that point on, dreams of playing for a ‘big’ club and ‘Champions League’ football were never far from the midfielder’s lips, especially when speaking freely to French media on international breaks.

Moussa Sissoko eventually got that move to Real Madrid…Arsenal…Tottenham.

His Champions League dream proving to last all of 133 minutes:

14 Sept 2016 Spurs 1 Monaco 2 (Sissoko played last 9 minutes)

18 Oct 2016 Bayer Leverkusen 0 Spurs 0 (Sissoko plays last 19 minutes)

2 Nov 2016 Spurs 0 Bayer Leverkusen 1 (Sissoko plays full 90 minutes)

22 Nov 2016 Monaco 2 Spurs 1 (Sissoko plays last 15 minutes)

Tottenham and Moussa Sissoko were eliminated from the Champions League on Tuesday night, so enjoy once again the many words from the former Newcastle player that led him to his ultimate dream…

Moussa Sissoko 5 September 2014:

“I would like to play in the Champions League but I feel very happy at Newcastle…

“There was nothing concrete (offered) this summer (by another club).”

Moussa Sissoko 11 January 2015:

“The transfer window is open but I remain focused on my club Newcastle. A move to a bigger club – it is my wish but I don’t know when.

“Arsenal? If he (Arsene Wenger) calls we will have a man to man discussion. Arsenal has always been the club of my heart – we will see what happens.

“I hope that I’ll win the Champions League one day but I don’t want to set limits on myself, I want to go higher and that is my goal.”

Moussa Sissoko 1 February 2015:

“For me today, I am a Newcastle player and Newcastle is in my head. I want to play in the big competitions, at the moment I am not able to do that. Why not play Champions League with Newcastle?

“I want to keep progressing and enjoy myself on the pitch. I want to play Champions League, with Newcastle if possible…”

Moussa Sissoko 1 June 2015:

“If I am to move, then the French national team will be part of my thinking and as for Champions League football – all players dream of playing in this competition and I hope to participate in it one day but I’m patient, waiting for my time.”

“Is he (Jose Mourinho) following my progress? According to what I am hearing, the answer is yes. He is one of the best managers in the world an he’s won so many titles – any player would love to be coached by this man….”

Moussa Sissoko 10 June 2015:

“With only one year to go until the Euros, you can’t change your club and find yourself on the bench.

“At the same time though, I want to play for one of the biggest clubs and I would especially like to play in the Champions League, something I can’t do at Newcastle.”

Moussa Sissoko 4 October 2015:

“I hope to play in the Champions League one day Newcastle has done everything to keep me.”

Moussa Sissoko 26 December 2015:

“For now, I do not play it (Champions League), but I’m patient. This may come in a year or two years. I await my hour calmly.”

Moussa Sissoko 7 June 2016:

I aspire to play for the biggest clubs in Europe and continue to be in the France team….I hope there will be no problem for me to find my happiness at another club.

“I gave everything there for three years. I hope that today they will be smart enough to understand that to continue my development, I need to keep playing at the highest level – through another club. 

“I want to continue my career in England, at a club that plays in the Champions League.”

Moussa Sissoko 7 June 2016:

Newcastle must accept my choice. I want to continue to progress.

“It (rumours of Arsenal interest) is very flattering. Arsenal is one of the best European clubs. It’s good to know.  

“It’s a very big European club… The beautiful Arsenal.

“I want to continue my career in England, at a club that plays in the Champions League…At every transfer window, they have said I am leaving. Personally, I never said I was leaving.”

Moussa Sissoko 19 July 2016:

“I particularly want to play with big players and in top level matches.

“If you look at the players in the national team, every single one finished in the top five in a league, they have played in the Champions League or Europa League, and me, with Newcastle, I was not playing in Europe and we went down to the second division.”

Moussa Sissoko 11 August 2016:

“I hope Real Madrid will come for me, I’m still waiting…If Real Madrid are interested in you then of course you will be happy, but right now I am still a Newcastle player.

“I spent three and a half years here. I gave everything for this club and I want to play some big games. For that I need to go somewhere else.

“I want to play in the Premier League, I want to play for a big club who can get into the Champions League. That is why I said I want to leave this year. I have spent a lot of time here and now it’s time to look forward. The fans need to understand my situation,”

Moussa Sissoko 1 September 2016:

“I’m very happy, very proud to be here (at Tottenham).

“I am in the prime of my career and I want to play for a big team. I have the chance now with Tottenham so I’m looking forward and I hope we will do well in the Premier League and in the Champions League also.

“I’ve said a lot of times that I want to play in the Champions League so that’s one of the reasons why I came here – to have the possibility and the

 “I spent three and a half years there (Newcastle). I gave everything for the club but I wanted to play some big games. For that I needed to go somewhere else.”

Moussa Sissoko 8 November 2016:

“It’s going very well at Tottenham…every game better and better.”


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