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.

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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.

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