Moussa Sissoko happy for Newcastle and himself
Both Newcastle United and Moussa Sissoko are back playing in the Premier League.
Last season Newcastle of course played no games in the top tier, whilst Moussa Sissoko managed eight more starts, having gone to Spurs for £30m on deadline day in summer 2016.
His lack of games led to the midfielder being dropped by France but now he is back in the Tottenham first team picture, Sissoko is back with France, and has given an interview whilst away on international duty.
Last week Mauricio Pochettino revealed that the player remained at White Hart Lane this summer only because nobody came in for him, something which the French international appears to acknowledge in this latest interview.
He says he is now very happy due to getting regular football (has appeared) in all seven Premier League matches this season – four starts and three as a sub.
When asked about his old club, Moussa Sissoko claims to be also ‘very happy’ about Newcastle United’s return to the top tier.
Sissoko says the Premier League is where NUFC ‘deserves to be’.
He wishes Newcastle ‘good luck’ and hopes they can continue to progress year on year.
Just as an aside, it does make you wonder just what would have happened if Spurs hadn’t agreed at the last minute to pay £30m for Sissoko and if he had stayed at Newcastle at least for the first half of the Championship season.
Moussa Sissoko speaking to Foot Mercato:
“I’m not going to hide it. I was a bit upset (missing out on last France squad) because I’m a competitor and I want to be called at each selection.
“I knew why I had not been called. It was due to the lack of playing time. The coach is frank and he had already said that the player who did not play enough will be difficult for him to be called in selection. Since then, I’ve had a lot of playing time and that’s what it does that I’m here.”
‘Every transfer window your name is mentioned in the (possible) transfers section. How was it this summer 2017?’
“Everyone knows I had a tough season last year. I did not want to relive the same season.
“I lived without any special pressure because I had a discussion with my coach at the end of last season. It had been clear. I was in my corner, I prepared my holidays quietly. I knew I was going to go back to Tottenham.
“Afterwards, if a club appeared, we would see and discuss it to make the best decision possible.
“Finally, we decided to stay in Tottenham. I had discussed it with my relatives, with my uncle – who is my agent. The best decision for us was to stay in Tottenham.
“For the moment, we are very happy with this choice and we will do everything to achieve a great season.”
Asked about Newcastle United:
“I am very happy for them because Newcastle is a club that deserves to be where it is now.
“They are making a good start to the season, although the first two games have been difficult (defeats). But they got better.
“Yesterday they got a result 1-1 against Liverpool. I wish them good luck.
“They take points. They are well positioned. I hope that they will have a good season and that they will continue for next year to have better objectives.”
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