There’s general agreement among pundits, Newcastle fans and Arsenal fans that Moussa Sissoko made a right fool of himself (what – again?) last week, when he almost pleaded with Arsenal to sign him – the club of his dreams.
And at the same time he sent a message to Newcastle and Rafa Benitez saying he thought they would understand that a player of his caliber simply couldn’t play in the Championship next season – and so he hoped the club would agree to let him go to a bigger club that plays in the Champions League.
More hogwash from Moussa and we’re sure Benitez behind the scenes contacted his agents rather quickly to let them know in no uncertain terms – he didn’t appreciate those comments for Sissoko and didn’t want to hear any more of that stuff (there’s another word for it) from his midfielder.
Moussa Sissoko – thinks he’s world class but isn’t
And the statements Newcastle and Rafa himself put out after the outburst will have been seen by other potential want-away stars at the club.
The message is that Rafa and the club will decide whether they leave or not – and not the players or their agents.
It was a good message coming from the club and that will have Daryl Janmaat and Gini Wijnaldum at least thinking twice about whether they will be leaving Newcastle this summer.
We expect Andros Townsend to want to stay on Tyneside and hopefully sign a new deal for us.
Maybe some players will leave in August, but it will only be if Newcatsle get a huge fee for them, because financially we don’t have to sell.
Maybe Moussa has learned from his latest stupid remarks in front of French journalists – which is getting just a little tiresome these days.
In a press conference this morning Sissoko seemed more subdued about wanting to leave Newcastle:
“I am fully focused on Euro 2016 and Les Bleus. I will deal with my club situation after that,”
“Albania are compact and tough. They will be a difficult side to play against. We will have to press them and suffocate them if we can.”
“We were all shocked by what happened in Marseille. We hope this is the last time we hear about anything like this,” he said,
“Some people go to places just to create problems, it’s not what we want to see.”
Moussa will not return to pre-season at Newcatsle until maybe late July – depending on how France do in the European Championships, but all our other players will be back on June 28th hopefully.