Moussa Sissoko can come across in interviews as annoying to Newcastle fans, since he always talks about wanting to play for a Champions League club and if he continues to play well for France in the Euro 2016 tournament, then maybe he will get his wish this summer.
But that will take anywhere from £15M to £20M for Rafa Benitez to let him leave Newcastle with Benitez obviously liking what he sees in Sissoko, both as a player and a man.
Sissoko has given an interview with French paper Le Figaro today, and he has come across as being very honest and has revealed quite a lot about himself in the interview.
Moussa Sissoko – interview with La Figaro
Here’s what Moussa has said in his very long interview with the French newspaper:
“I’ve always been discreet, reserved and respectful. This does not prevent me from speaking out if necessary.”
“Despite my professional status as an international player, I do not feel superior to others. I’m like everyone else except that I have fans. That’s the only difference.”
“I am a home-bird. Go out and go to the city to shop? It’s not my thing. I like being at home, watching movies, playing with my son, seeing friends or family. This is my bubble.”
“My nickname is DIY – this comes from the neighbourhood in Aulnay-sous-Bois – where we had almost all nicknames.” “When I was young I used to like to tinker with things, hence the nickname that follows me today.”
“It’s pretty funny that people still call me that. I take it well. It reminds me of our little kid dreams. It’s always nice to see friends and to not forget where you came from. Today, I do a lot less ‘DIY’.”
“I do not have enough time and I prefer to buy already assembled furniture, it’s easier.”
“I am a protective dad but I’m an authoritarian when necessary. This mix is required because life is not easy. I was fortunate to be raised properly.”
“I try to reproduce the same pattern. Today my son is 4 years old and he understands my job. When he sees me in a stadium, on TV or in a pub, he becomes crazy!”
“He is very proud. He boasts sometimes with his friends when he goes to school saying that his dad plays for the France team and Newcastle.”
“When I was young, my mother worked and left me with my grandparents who were passionate about this series. At 14, I had no choice but to watch it because they monopolized the remote.”
“Gradually, I started watching it and I began to love it. The series falls in the perfect time for me to nap time, when I’m home after training.”
“I put myself under the covers and I watch it quietly. At first I took some jokes from the rest of the France team.” “Now they know that I’m really into it. It became something natural for them. “
“The bling side of things is not my thing, it never has been and never will be. Admittedly, I earn my living and thank God for that.”
“It allows me to help my family, my relatives and to enjoy myself and do some of the things I want. I recently bought a Bentley and that is my biggest moment of madness.”
“I did not think about it: I wanted it and I took it. I try to be as simple as possible without overdoing things. I was educated like that. I do not see why I would change and would play a role. I am myself.”
“I have a manic side but I would say my best attribute is my kindness. It is a quality and a fault. I’m too nice. Even with bad people, I try to be nice.”
“It’s not in my nature to be mean to someone. I always try to be smiling, cheerful. I can’t be bad.”
“My mother is the person I most admire. She had a difficult childhood. She has done everything for me to become what I am today. She is my role model, my greatest pride is to make her happy.”
“She was able to bring me all the happiness necessary. The fact that I am here today, it is largely thanks to her. “
“Wickedness is the thing I hate most. This is something I can not stand. It’s very rare that I get angry but I do when people are wicked.”
“But the last time I was p**sed off? I could not even tell you. It goes back a long time. I am a positive person. I always look for the positive even in the bad times.”
So there you have it – what Moussa thinks personally on a number of issues.
We can see why Rafa likes the man – in short the Frenchman seems very professional and a homebody.
If only Moussa could see it – that if he stays at Newcastle Rafa Benitez will make him into a much better footballer than he is today.
But he may still leave Newcastle in the summer – and that will probably turn out to be a mistake for the former Toulouse player in his career.
But maybe not?