We’ve been impressed with the four new French players Newcastle got through the door last week and how professional they have been – and especially in their interviews where they come across as delighted to have joined Newcastle United.
Newcastle’s new spokesman – Moussa Sissoko
And none more so that our latest signing Moussa Sissoko – the 23 year-old top box to box midfielder from Toulouse – who has been on Newcastle’s radar screen for a couple of years now.
here’s his thoughts on there being too many Frenchmen in the Newcastle squad and what he thinks of Newcastle:
“I do not think that this will be a problem.” “Even with so many French players in there I think we will be fine. The main thing is that our job is out on the field to win matches.”
“For the French players it is our task to adapt to the situation.” “Newcastle are in a tricky situation at the moment.” “But this did not stop me coming. They have signed some very good players and they made me feel most welcome.”
“Of course, I wanted to play in the Premier League but Newcastle are a very, very big club. This was important to me.” “I’m just happy to be signing here.” “If it all goes to plan then there is no reason why France will not continue to select me.”
“There are already French players here who play at international level.”
And on what Moussa thinks of Tuesday night’s crucial Premier League fixture at Villa Park:
“Tuesday night will be a difficult night. Aston Villa are also in a pretty poor position at the moment in the league.” “It’s a match which we certainly can’t afford to lose. We must make sure we are motivated for Tuesday night so we come away with a result.”
And on why he wanted to make the move from Toulouse – the only club he’s played for so for in his career:
“It was really important to move on, to take on a new challenge. I’ve been with Toulouse for ten years now so even though I gave 100 per cent in training and during matches, it was quite a comfortable place for me.” “I was in my comfort zone and I wanted to take on a new challenge and rise to that challenge.”
“And Newcastle is the ideal club for me to be able to go on and do great things.” “At Toulouse I had the luck to play in almost every game but for me it was time to move on to a new challenge – and that new challenge was here in England.”
“I’ve often said that for me it’s the best league in the world and it’s also a league which corresponds to my style of play, and this is where I really want to take the most pleasure from playing.” “It won’t be easy but it’s up to me to work hard so I get everything on my side so I can do my best.”
And finally on why he took the number 7 shirt at Newcastle and why he loves wearing fashionable clothes:
“I hope it will bring me good luck from the first match. The reason I took seven is because that was the number that was available. I wore 22 at Toulouse so I would have liked to take that but for me the number isn’t a priority. It’s not important; what is important is what happens on the pitch.”
“So I’m happy to have number seven but my priority is to be good on the pitch.” “I love to wear nice, fashionable clothes.” “It’s important for me. I like to go and buy nice clothes but I don’t do it for others – it’s for me.”
“I like it, it makes me feel good so I do it for myself. That’s the way I live. If it makes other people happy then that’s even better.” “With the black and white shirt, I think it will match me perfectly. And you’ll see a really handsome Sissoko on the pitch!”
We love this lad’s attitude, and he’s been compared with Patrick Vieira, and if he becomes anywhere near the footballer Patrick became at Arsenal – he’ll be one of Newcastle’s best ever signings.
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