Rafa Benitez Makes Surprising Comments On Moussa Sissoko

Rafa has been interviewed at lunchtime today in Ireland on nufcTV and he said Newcastle have put no transfer price on Moussa Sissoko – because Newcastle do not want to sell him.

Rafa said he was sorry France couldn’t win in the final last Sunday against Portugal, but happy for Moussa because he played really well.


Moussa Sissoko – in Newcastle colors

Here’s the answer from Rafa when he was asked about Moussa Sissoko:

“Yes you know – really disappointed because they couldn’t win the final, but really pleased for him because he was playing really well.”

“We know he finished the season playing really good for us. I make him the captain so I rate him really high.”

“Disappointed because they couldn’t win – happy because of his performances.”

“People are talking about this price, but we don’t want to sell so we haven’t put any price and we are pleased, we are happy with him.”

“I appreciate him too much to think about that we will miss him, so we knew he has done really well and a lot of people will be talking about him.”

“But we’d like to see him here and that’s it.”

So that widely reported £35M price tag that did the rounds yesterday apparently didn’t come from Newcastle.

But that’s exactly what Sky Sports reported – that Newcastle had put out that price on their midfielder.

In the rest of the interview today, Rafa was his usual upbeat self – he smiled a lot and said things were going really well and that the players were training well.

When asked about what team selection to expect in the Bohemian game on Saturday afternoon, Rafa was honest and said he hadn’t thought too much about that.

He was only concentrating on training the players and getting them fit.

Comments welcome.

23 comments so far

  • YouCouldn'tMakeItUp

    Jul 12, 2016 at 3:57 PM

    Comment #1

    All crouch would give us is “the Andy Caroll” option. 10 mins to go on a wet tuesday november evening away from home. Ball stopping where it lands. Score is 0-0 and lanky is sent on to try and nod in a few long high balls. Other than that i cant see a use.

  • G

    Jul 12, 2016 at 4:06 PM

    Comment #2

    Yeah, I’m with the majority on Crouch. Few years ago maybe, but not now.


    Jul 12, 2016 at 4:14 PM

    Comment #3

    so is gamez going to playing left back or is that a position likely to be filled with someone new or dummett?

  • The American

    Jul 12, 2016 at 4:19 PM

    Comment #4

    Is it just me or does £35m seem absurd anyway for him. I’d pay £20m at most. That would hopefully mean he stays.

  • EllaGuru

    Jul 12, 2016 at 4:22 PM

    Comment #5

    I believe that Rafa was well upset with Sissoko’s antics, and is simply playing some mind games with him at the moment!

  • Blofal

    Jul 12, 2016 at 4:36 PM

    Comment #6

    So to translate Rafa is openly saying to interested clubs:

    “we don’t need or want to sell Sissoko and we aren’t going to regardless of what he says in the press. So if you want him you have to make an offer we can’t refuse.”

    It’s so refreshing to have a manager that puts the club first. The last regime would have let him go for a pittance.

  • TorontoToon

    Jul 12, 2016 at 4:40 PM

    Comment #7

    Frankly I’d be happy with a fee around 18 to 20mil… He has showed a lack of fight over the past year, do you really think he’ll put in a shift for us this coming season?

    Personally I’d be happy to just see the end of the 5 back heel or no look flicks he attempts ever game (never come off). Yes he can drive/carry a ball a long way, but his final ball leaves a lot to be desired.

    So move him on and reinvest the fee in quality players that want to be in the black and white.

    Honestly he isn’t terrible but not spectacular either .. And won’t be missed

  • TorontoToon

    Jul 12, 2016 at 4:49 PM

    Comment #8

    Sell Sissoko for 21m … Buy Ibe 15m + Hanley for 6m = Much better off
    (An actual winger and a CB we need)

  • Big Pappa Cissé

    Jul 12, 2016 at 5:08 PM

    Comment #9

    A part of me would find it funny if Sissoko was forced to stay with us and no one stumped up the cash .

    Having said that, Benitez seems to go for players that actually want to be at the club and his new project, which is refreshing after having previous mercenary’s like Ba and Remy .

    Our Championship challenging team looks like it is starting to take shape and could be very exiting :





    And with players like Aarons, Gayle and Armstrong on the bench we should have the best championship side on paper .

  • swemag

    Jul 12, 2016 at 5:08 PM

    Comment #10

    Sell for 25.

    Get the money. Get rid of sad faces.

    Get the spirit up with players that wants to stay and fight for the jersey.

  • martoon

    Jul 12, 2016 at 5:11 PM

    Comment #11

    I have to say I think it is a bit of double bluff by Rafa – we’ll end up selling him.

  • midweek weekend

    Jul 12, 2016 at 5:11 PM

    Comment #12

    i would really like ibe, but didnt Bournemouth agree 15 million for him or did that fall through ?

  • midweek weekend

    Jul 12, 2016 at 5:14 PM

    Comment #13

    James Pearce ?@JamesPearceEcho 26m
    Jordon Ibe has agreed terms with Bournemouth and has said his goodbyes at Melwood ?

  • Shadow_Shearer

    Jul 12, 2016 at 5:31 PM

    Comment #14

    Anybody know how long is left on sissoko contract. I know he signed a 5 & half year deal when he joined. But can’t remember which year. Same window as gouffy, haidara, MYM.

  • TorontoToon

    Jul 12, 2016 at 5:32 PM

    Comment #15

    @midweek weekend

    May very well be the case (Ibe deal done), last I read was a fee was agreed but the player was stalling.

    Just saying he’d be a good adition that played and did well at the championship level and could make the step up next year… And we know the exact selling price.

    But if he’s gone he’s gone? There are plenty of other lads that could do the job, I’d just prefer that Sossoko isn’t one of them.

  • midweek weekend

    Jul 12, 2016 at 5:55 PM

    Comment #16

    @ 15

    ah i see, i’ve got a few mates who support liverpool and they always rated ibe, would be a shame to lose out on him, whatever happens with sissoko i reckon we will make more signings yet

  • ShirebrookToon

    Jul 12, 2016 at 6:20 PM

    Comment #17

    Steve Bruce linked with England job hahahaha now I’ve heard it all

  • Nufc-83

    Jul 12, 2016 at 6:24 PM

    Comment #18

    Ibe was never going to drop down to the championship imo and we probably never had any interest. We will definitely make more signings as we will almost certainly sell Tiote, Moussa, gini and Jaanmatt.

  • loonie-toon

    Jul 12, 2016 at 6:33 PM

    Comment #19

    I fink gunner b slow week with rafa in Ireland very entertaining window so far a. Would like to keep wini for the no 10 roll as for sossoko is attitude stinks no place for him sell sell sell!!!

  • GeordieTwo

    Jul 12, 2016 at 6:37 PM

    Comment #20

    Moussa Sissoko played more like Mousie Sissoko for us last season. Surely he has to be sold for the best possible price so we can move on? I think that is what Rafa actually intends. We’ll get a good price and 2 or 3 decent players with his sale price.

  • YouCouldn'tMakeItUp

    Jul 12, 2016 at 6:58 PM

    Comment #21

    Eng beating Fra 2-0 in the u19s

  • goommy

    Jul 12, 2016 at 7:00 PM

    Comment #22

    Regardless of Sissoko situation. Don’t make an offer for Ibe!!

  • ShirebrookToon

    Jul 12, 2016 at 7:12 PM

    Comment #23

    Moussa Sissoko (AKA Coco Mousse) needs to go before this starts to upset the apple cart


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