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Moussa Sissoko – Newcastle Have A Great Team This Year

2:24 pm, Sunday, September 6th, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 17 Comments

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.

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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.


Comments welcome.

Tags: Euro 2016 · Moussa Sissoko · Newcastle News · Premier League

17 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Tsunki // Sep 6, 2015 at 2:31 PM

    Ashley Out!

  • 2 welshgeordie9 // Sep 6, 2015 at 2:34 PM

    Change the record.

  • 3 the broons // Sep 6, 2015 at 2:34 PM

    Like Deschamps I have always been a fan of Sissoko, his sheer power and presence makes him a man to fear coming up against. However Mcclaren talked about building the team around him, i disagree as WIjnaldum is the man to build the team around. That kid has all the pace and is top class player on top of it.

  • 4 Tsunki // Sep 6, 2015 at 2:35 PM

    Out Ashley!

    OK Welsh?

  • 5 welshgeordie9 // Sep 6, 2015 at 2:35 PM

    Moaners out
    Welshies fan club in

  • 6 Bobbybee // Sep 6, 2015 at 2:36 PM

    Sissoko won’t leave this season, with the Euro’s prominent in his thinking. Imo he needs to be more consistent to make it at a higher level, but that’s in his own hands and can be fixed. The better players we sign, the easier it will be to keep the better ones on board anyway, so that’s in our own hands as well.

  • 7 Bobbybee // Sep 6, 2015 at 2:46 PM

    Toon tang, I suspect not many of us had heard much of Cathro until he was mentioned as a prospective coach here. He was Dundee’s youth coach at 22 believe it or not, having his football career ebded early due to injury. Then he went to Spain as an assistant manager and made a name for himself. I was over the moon he came here, because he could’ve gone anywhere. It appears he too was impressed by the same plans that excited Macca so much and jumped aboard. The very fact that he’s improved our defence so much from last season says so much about his methods.

  • 8 Tsunki // Sep 6, 2015 at 2:46 PM

    Moaners about moaners out!

  • 9 Bobbybee // Sep 6, 2015 at 2:49 PM

    Or even moaners about moaners about moaners. It could get complicated 🙂

  • 10 Tsunki // Sep 6, 2015 at 2:50 PM

    I get the impression cathro is innately intelligent and has absorbed the science of sport readily. I think it will take time to infuse his effect especially with players who laboured under the previous neanderthal regime. I think it will come if the new ethos is stuck to and not derailed by Ashley and Co reverting to type and making money rule absolutely over sporting ambition.

  • 11 Tsunki // Sep 6, 2015 at 2:51 PM

    Can’t complain Bobby, can’t complain 🙂

  • 12 Bobbybee // Sep 6, 2015 at 2:57 PM

    Tsunki, I think you’re bang on about Cathro. He’s one of the new breed of coaches and we’re lucky to have him. Like to believe Ashley has learned his lesson and he’ll stay in the background from now on. It’s starting to work so he’d be mad to revert imo. Let’s hope so anyway and we can all move on together for once.

  • 13 Toon-Prodigy // Sep 6, 2015 at 3:02 PM

    While Sissoko can be alreet on his day, Roy even showed a better first touch than him yesterday!

    Sold next Summer for a tidy profit I reckon, maybe January if he has a guaranteed starting place for which ever Champions League club he goes to. (Which I can’t see).

  • 14 Jib // Sep 6, 2015 at 3:04 PM

    You are so right
    It would be awful if it was derailed by Ashley and Co reverting to type and making money rule absolutely over sporting ambition.

    Also if a German and Italian fascist dictator were to rise at the same time thus causing a world war resulting in League football being suspended for 6 years.

    Or the acendancy of a puritan dictator (possibly called Cromwell) who suspended all sports as being an aberration in God’s eyes.

    Perhaps Isis deliberately crashing a passenger jet into SJP ………………….
    ………. Yadder yadder yadder

  • 15 Bobbybee // Sep 6, 2015 at 3:05 PM

    Right, need a shower – bloody morphine makes one sweat a lot – then I might watch some football – for a change 😉 No doubt I ‘ll catch you all later today. Be nice to each other. 🙂

  • 16 Bobbybee // Sep 6, 2015 at 3:08 PM

    Or don’t be nice to each other! 😉

  • 17 Toon-Prodigy // Sep 6, 2015 at 3:11 PM


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