Moussa Sissoko has been interviewed at length in France Football and once again Moussa is asked all sorts of questions.
At some stage in his career he would still like to play in the Champions League, but he also is quite clear he knows he is a big player for Newcastle, and that may not be the case if he moves to a top four club in England.
Moussa Sissoko – playing for France
He has seen his team-mates like Demba Ba, Yohan Cabaye and Mathieu Debuchy moved to bigger clubs than Newcastle, and found themselves sitting on the bench.
And he has watched Yohan Cabaye move in the summer from PSG to a smaller club in Crystal Palace, and Yohan is back in favor starting for France again.
In the interview it’s clear he is a (big) favorite of French manager Didier Deschamps – and when asked about that Moussa simply said, “I know he likes me.” and laughed.
It seems that Deschamps likes his honesty, and of course he also gives his best whoever he plays for.
While Moussa still has big ambitions, these are some of the bits of the interview where Newcastle were mentioned – and he thinks we had a good transfer window and we could do quite well in the Premier league this season:
“I am in Newcastle, but it is not a club of the big four in England, and I do not forget that other players at bigger clubs than mine and are not called up.”
“I hope before next summer to have had a good season with Newcastle, and I hope to be in the squad for the Euros, but nothing is certain.”
“The summer could have been a good time to leave. There have been discussions with the club who said they were against my departure. The coach said and repeated, you have to play to get in French squad and I took it into account.”
“I am at Newcastle, and I have the chance to play every weekend, to evolve in a fantastic stadium. What I miss is to play in the leading roles (eg Champions League).”
“Now, in my opinion, it was a very good recruitment this summer.” “There is a great team this year to have a good Premier League season.”
“We know it will be difficult to finish in the top five. But if we finish sixth, seventh or eighth with Newcastle, I would be very happy. There were clubs interested in me this summer, but Newcastle vetoed.”
Moussa mentions that he is somebody who once he gets back from training, stays in the house and doesn’t do much else – he’s the homely type.
This is what he said about what he does:
“I’m a homebody. I go to training and then I stay at home, I watch TV, I welcome friends, and my son just once in a while, my family also.”
“I’m not someone who goes out a lot. I try to have everything with me to stay relaxed and do everything at home. I play video games, I also lots of film. I live my life normally.”
Moussa comes across as a quiet man, who has ambitions to play at the highest level he can – and of course he didn’t seem to put ip much of a fuss when Newcastle rejected moves for him this summer.
It will be interesting to see what happens next summer but if we do manage to have a good season and keep spending big money on good players, we think Moussa will be happy enough to stay on Tyneside.
We hope Moussa will be happy enough to stay on Tyneside.