Moussa Sissoko has made his play today to become an Arsenal player in the summer, and that may not be the last time we hear from Sissoko this summer about wanting to join a Champions League club.
Unfortunately we will hear more from Moussa – especially when he’s with the French squad for the Euro 2016 Championships taking place in France starting this Friday.
Rafa Benitez with Moussa Sissoko
Newcastle signed Moussa from Toulouse in January of 2013, after Graham Carr had been watching him for some time.
It just so happens that before that Rafa Benitez while he was Liverpool manager wanted to sign a very young Sissoko.
Since Rafa left Liverpool in the summer of 2010 when Sissoko was 20 – he must have been a teenager when Rafa was interested in signing him for The Reds.
Moussa has talked to Foot Mercato about Rafa and their relationship is a good one:
“Since Benitez arrived at Newcastle, I have had a very good relationship with him.”
“He is a coach that I already knew. When I was at Toulouse, he wanted me at Liverpool. I decided to stay at Toulouse because I was still young and I wanted to continue my development over there.”
“When he arrived, we were able to speak together.” “Things went very well but sadly, we were unable to stay up.”
“But he and I have always had a good relationship.”
Certainly Rafa not only gets on well with the 26 year-old Frenchman but made him the Newcastle captain too, because of the example Moussa set in training.
It’s just a pity Moussa cannot see that Rafa was already making a better player of him in the short time he coached him at thew end of last season – and if he would stay on Tyneside he would improve even more under the world-class coaching of Benitez.
But Moussa has this dream of playing for a Champions League club, which he will tell anyone who will listen to him.
If only he could see that with Rafa now in charge perhaps he’s at that club right now – and that it will not be too long before Rafa will have us competing in Europe again.
If Moussa does leave this summer, we should check to see how he’s doing and how Newcastle are doing two years from now.
It could be very interesting.