Why Newcastle Could Lose Moussa Sissoko This Summer

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 france colors

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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17 comments so far

  • dazzler

    Dec 22, 2014 at 3:30 PM

    Comment #1


    I think more likely January, if someone comes in with a big bid.

  • ilovetoon8788

    Dec 22, 2014 at 3:31 PM

    Comment #2

    wouldn’t blame him if he wants to move. and it’s sad to say, he’ll prosper in a club like arsenal with quality players around him.

    he’s too good for us.

  • optimistic prime

    Dec 22, 2014 at 3:41 PM

    Comment #3

    Quick Ashley get rid.

    He has ambition, no room for that at NUFC begone you charlatan.

  • wolfshead@toon

    Dec 22, 2014 at 3:41 PM

    Comment #4


    agree about arma but if pards left tiote on they prob wouldnt have scored he made the wrong call on that one
    but he would have been criticised anyway by people for not playing arma prob by the ones who criticised him for playing him haha

  • Slank

    Dec 22, 2014 at 3:44 PM

    Comment #5

    ‘..Newcastle are no longer a top club – like we once were…’

    Newcastle were never a top club. Top clubs win trophies regularly. Newcastle haven’t won a domestic trophy for neatly 60 years.

    Players from foreign leagues know that coming to Newcastle and playing in the Premiership with its worldwide audience enhances their chances of playing for a top team.

    Fans need to understand that for many players we are a just a stepping stone to greater things elsewhere.

  • toon kk

    Dec 22, 2014 at 3:46 PM

    Comment #6

    Of course he’ll be sold in the near future, that’s all part of the current regime. Or he will say enough is enough, like Cabaye to move there carrier forward they have to move to a club with ambition.
    Same will happen with Perez Aarons.
    shame it’s all about coin to the fat controller.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 22, 2014 at 3:47 PM

    Comment #7

    We do understand, only too well

  • Transfer Sage

    Dec 22, 2014 at 3:47 PM

    Comment #8


    Were were between 1900-1910 haha.

    I do know what you mean but big clubs can also be seen as those regularly playing champions league football. (well big in one sense).

    What we should be asking for is being a club trying to grow, when we sell we use it to strengthen or we try and keep our players to begin with where we can.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 22, 2014 at 3:49 PM

    Comment #9

    We simply have to accept that that’s how it’s going to under Ashley, just a shame he won’t share his plans for the club with his paying customers.

  • optimistic prime

    Dec 22, 2014 at 3:52 PM

    Comment #10


    @9 just like he’s now doing at Rangers.

    I spoke to some Rangers fans Friday and they were singing Ashley’s praises for saving their club, others will see it different but it was interesting listening to their view.

  • usmagpie

    Dec 22, 2014 at 4:41 PM

    Comment #11

    What a shocker ” NOT”.
    When is the club ever going to learn from this, I don’t care honestly if a player wants to leave the club, if he really wants to leave then leave. That’s not the issue, smart business is the issue. Instead of just getting the money say 15 – 20 million for Moussa why does the club not go for player plus cash. If Arsenal really need this midfielder then fine, but why can we never get money and a player from them we really need. For instance we have always needed a good central defender or a striker. So 10 million and a player like Jenkinson for defense or Walcott both are fringe players and Carl is out on loan. If Arsenal really really want Moussa well put that deal on the table, they get rid of some bench warmers and wages and also get there man for less money. So we get a player and 10 million to find a replacement and there are plenty out there for 10 million.

  • dexter53

    Dec 22, 2014 at 4:49 PM

    Comment #12


    Youve hit the nail bang on the head mate and for all the fans who think we are sh*t, i spent my life up and down motorways in the 70s and 80s watching proper sh*t. Now that really was sh*t.

  • bladeuser

    Dec 22, 2014 at 5:02 PM

    Comment #13

    We lost get over it its nothing new and will happen time and time again this season so keep handing over your cash and watch the paint dry

  • NZGeordieviaAfrica

    Dec 22, 2014 at 6:04 PM

    Comment #14

    usmagpie ,

    That is FAR too clever an approach for the fat controller! Instead of getting Ferreyra to sit in the bleachers we could have got Joel Campbell on loan or something like that; but nooooooo!


    Dec 22, 2014 at 10:14 PM

    Comment #15

    l hope some club takes Tiote and a 30 million deal is very appealing.
    l also hope Ashley manages to cough cough wink wink his way into control of rangers, God Bless Em.
    been way hing this shite for 50 years and anyone who buy’s a zrason ti cket in my humble opinion is delusional at best or plain stupid at worst.
    Can you not see it is a business and has absolutely nothing to do with you?
    NO I THOUGHT NOT. HELLO ANYONE IN THERE, ????????????????????????????????

  • Brutooon

    Dec 22, 2014 at 10:47 PM

    Comment #16

    Sad but True.

  • robertsleftfoot

    Dec 23, 2014 at 8:41 AM

    Comment #17

    To be honest if someone did bid around £15 million for the lad, I would not be too fussed if we sold him.

    The problem for me lies after the sale as no replacement is bought in, it never crosses the clubs mind to go and buy his replacement before he leaves, get the replacement settled in and playing before Moussa leaves and also you dont get clubs pulling your eyeballs out

    I know I am dreaming by thinking our club could be pro active and look ahead as to what happens but I can dream


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