Knowing Moussa Sissoko’s history I suppose we should have expected this to come at some point after Newcastle were relegated last month.
The 26 year-old French star has been speaking to Foot Mercato while with the French squad – and he has put in a personal plea to Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger to sign him from Newcastle.
Moussa Sissoko – pleads for move away from Newcastle
So if you are ready for the latest installment of “I want to play for a Champions League club” – here is is:
“Today, if I played in the Championship, I would put my place with the French national team in jeopardy and in terms of many other things. I have already had a discussion with Rafa Benitez.”
“Arsenal is the club of my heart.” “My advisors will also have a discussion with him. I think that he knows what I want, where I want to go.”
“So I hope that there will not be a problem for me to go and enjoy myself at another club.”
‘Personally I have not spoken with the club. My advisors have. I do not know, I hope so with all my heart they will let me go.”
“I would like to continue my career in England.” “Arsenal is one of the best European teams. To be watched by that sort of club, that proves that you are a quality player.”
“It is good to know. I hope that I will have the chance, soon, to play for this club or for a similar club.”
“Everyone knows, I often said it when I was young, Arsenal is the club of my heart, because there were quite a few French players there like Thierry Henry, Robert Pires, Sylvain Wiltord, Patrick Vieira who was my idol.”
“The beautiful Arsenal. We will see. I cannot tell you if I am going to go to Arsenal.”
That’s not good at all coming from Moussa, who Rafa Benitez has installed as captain for him to so openly to plead for a move away from Newcastle.
Moussa is why footballers get bad names – they seem so utterly selfish and self-centered.
Rafa was bringing the best out of the Frenchman, but in the three and a half years he’s been on Tyneside he has never reached his potential and flattered to deceive.
Last season he too often went missing in games.
If he is that adamant about leaving we should let him move – but only at a good price.
And it will be interesting to see what calibre of clubs comes after the midfielder who has been poor the last two seasons for Newcastle.
The problem with Moussa is that he’s not as good as he thinks he is.
The two other French Internationals before him – Yohan Cabaye and Mathieu Debuchy – decided to leave Newcastle and what happened to them at PSG and Arsenal respectively?
They ended up warming the bench and that could well happen to Moussa – certainly if he moves to Arsenal.
The problem with Moussa this summer is that we doubt a club will offer anywhere near what the Magpies want for him – said to be close to £20M.
We’d be lucky to get £10M for him.