Moussa Sissoko must have a good chance of playing for France against Germany this week in the semi-finals of the Euros after he played well in France’s 5-2 hammering of gallant Iceland – the team that beat England all too easily.
Yesterday he was in front of the cameras in Paris and the French media but no – this time he didn’t go on about wanting to join a club that plays regularly in the Champions League.
Thank goodness for small mercies.
Moussa Sissoko in action for France
Maybe with Borussia Dortmund and manager Thomas Tuchel now said to be interested in him as a replacement for Manchester United-bound Henrikh Mkhitaryan, he doesn’t have to sell himself – well not too much anyway.
Moussa had this to say to the French media at a morning Press call today;
“Newcastle relegation is sad but I’ll have time to think about my future after the Euros.”
“I’m not thinking about my club future – that’s sincere.”
“I don’t know whether I’ll play – I’d like to,”
“I think I am more of a security option than Kingsley Coman. It’s up to the coach and I will respect his choices.”
“My preferred position would be in the centre of a 4-3-3 but I can adapt to play on the right of midfield if required.”
Borussia Dortmund’s Thomas Tuchel is said to be a big fan of Sissoko and yes – Dortmund play in the Champions League regularly.
That’s always assuming the German club are a big enough club for Moussa, who rates himself very highly.
So if the Bundesliga club come in with a £20M bid we could see Moussa leave this summer, and if he’s going to go the earlier the better, so that Rafa Benitez has time to bring in some suitable replacements.
A spanner in the works for Moussa and his personal ambitions could be Rafa Benitez’ pronouncement yesterday that both Moussa and Gini Wijnaldum have a responsibility to the Newcastle club and fans to get us out of the Championship.
That’s because they were two of the high earners who got us into this mess, and they should stay and help – rather than leave via the back door as soon as possible.