Newcastle United midfielder Moussa Sissoko could be leaving Newcastle this summer, and although it would be a surprise if he leaves in January, although there have been rumors that Arsenal may come in with an offer for him next month.
Moussa Sissoko – in French colors
Newcastle are struggling to keep their best players and there’s a very simple reason for that – the best players want to play for the best teams and the best teams play in the Champions League which is the highest level of football players can play at.
Newcastle are not one of the best teams and have never been in the Champions League for over ten years since Sir Bobby Robson managed the club.
We had reported earlier on what Moussa had told L’Equipe over the weekend but there’s some of it we didn’t cover.
This is what he said in full to L’Equipe:
“When I was young, Arsenal were my favourite team. My idol played there: Patrick Vieira. I have always loved that club. I still love that club.”
“There are always a lot of rumours. I don’t pay much attention to them. I have an agent who looks after that. If something is to happen, it’ll happen. If not…”
“I’m ambitious,” “My aim is to play in the best clubs, play the Champions League, win trophies. But today, I’m a Magpie and I’m very happy.”
“There haven’t been any offers. So I’ll be at Newcastle until the end of the season. After that, we’ll see.”
We don’t blame Moussa Sissoko at all for being ambitious and wanting to play at the highest level – and therefore he will probably leave Newcastle at the latest this summer.
If he stays, it will because there isn’t interest from the top clubs, or else there is interest, but the bids don’t meet the valuation Mike Ashley has of the 27 times capped French International.
It will probably be around £15M.
This will be the fourth player (maybe the fifth if we include Loic Remy) we have lost over the last two years – because they became too good for Newcastle.
Demba Ba, Yohan Cabaye and Mathieu Debuchy all left the club for bigger clubs, and Loic Remy didn’t want to sign on full-time last summer at Newcastle, because he wanted something better than Newcastle could offer.
So that’s the bottom line – until Newcastle are challenging regularly for a top four position in the Premier League every season and therefore the Champions League – we will continue to lose our best players to the top clubs.
Newcastle are no longer a top club as we once were, and while that may be disturbing to some fans – it’s the truth.
The responsibility for this is not with Alan Pardew – but 100% with owner Mike Ashley – who doesn’t have enough ambition to be a good owner for Newcastle United.
That’s also the truth.
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