Moussa’s Agent Furious At Benitez – Be Reasonable


Moussa Sissoko’s agent has been interviewed in the French magazine Foot Mercato today and he is rather annoyed that Newcastle have put a massive £35M fee on Moussa’s head.

Apparently it had been agreed last summer that Moussa would spend one more year at the club to help Newcastle out before moving on.

Well that didn’t work out too well did it – we were relegated – and Moussa had a very poor season for us.

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Moussa Sissoko in action for France

His agent is not named in the Foot Mercato report, but we assume it’s his uncle Bakari – who is part of the Mondial Sport agency.

This is what he had to say to Foot Mercato:

“We do not understand. It was agreed that Moussa stayed one more season at Newcastle to help the team.”

“He did the best he could. The club has always said Moussa could leave for between €18M (£15.2M)and €25M (£21.1M) maximum.”

“We hope that Rafael Benitez and the President will be more reasonable about Moussa’s future.”

“He has always been loyal, he has always respected the club, the fans. There are clubs who came to us and to Newcastle.”

“We are fully aware of their approaches. ” “We want everything to go well.”

Since last summer of course things have changed after the Euros this summer and Newcastle have a new manager in Rafa Benitez.

Moussa has looked fantastic in the last two or three games for France in Euro 2016 so it’s obvious his price in the transfer market will have gone up significantly.

So it’s not clear what Moussa’s agent gripe is – other than he wants to get a big pay-day by selling his client this summer and the high fee may prevent that.

Tottenham Hotspur, Liverpool, Hamburg and Borussia Dortmund are all said to be interested in the Newcastle midfielder as are Manchester United and PSG.

We think a few of them would be willing to pay out the £35M Newcastle want and Geordie fans will not be too upset if Moussa finally leaves the club.

He has talked incessantly about wanting to leave the club for a Champions League club for the last three years

And based on Moussa’ performances at Euro 2016 he is worth £35M.

Comments welcome.


108 comments so far

  • Spoof

    Jul 12, 2016 at 9:44 AM

    Comment #1

    funloving

    Your hitting your head against a brick wall mate, I’ve said many times that when Sissoko has played through the middle he has been consistently good but sadly he has rarely played through the middle, only twice has he been played through the middle for a run of games, the first time was the season before last when Obertan and Ameobi were our wingers and with Sissoko dominating the midfield we had a great run, and the second time was last season under Rafa and again he was consistently good, but like I say your wasting your time on this blog because most on the blog just don’t want to see this point, however putting that to one side his attitude and the manner in which he is constantly begging to get out is appalling so I do fully understand why he is so disliked, the truth is I’m starting to dislike him myself and that is from one who really rates him so highly.

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  • Ron Knee

    Jul 12, 2016 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #2

    Lilongwe

    I see Peter Beardsley’s U-21 side managed a win at the weekend. This is an unusual event, isn’t it?

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Jul 12, 2016 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #3

    Lilongwe Geordie // Jul 12, 2016 at 9:45 AM

    http://www.transfermarkt.co.uk/moussa-sissoko/leistungsdatendetails/spieler/46001/plus/0?saison=&verein=762&liga=&wettbewerb=GB1&pos=&trainer_id=

    How accurate is the positional data on transfermarkt? According to this Moussa has played through the middle more than out wide here, and Rafa is the only manager to have used him on the left at Newcastle.

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Jul 12, 2016 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #4

    Ron,
    Ha! Another feather in Pedro’s cap. Beating that illustrious outfit from Bradford Park Avenue. I think we can all agree that Pedro is the man really leading the revolution at the club after that stunning victory against the Vanarama National League North side. Who needs Rafa!

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  • Nufc-83

    Jul 12, 2016 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #5

    The easiest thing to do on this one is just wait and see as it’s clear he will go to a big club due to his hype which most fans can see is just hot air. The manager will then be totally shocked st his inability to pass greater than 5 yards sideways or backwards, shoot or show any composure around the box, cross, show any sort of creativity or vision. He will end up as an impact sub so let’s just wait and see.

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Jul 12, 2016 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #6

    So the phrase wasn’t helping McClaren. That makes more sense.

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  • SuperShearer

    Jul 12, 2016 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #7

    His agent isn’t very bright is he? Rafa knows Sissoko is off but he wants to recoup a phat cheque in return. Fair enough given his performance at the Euros. The higher the transfer fee often the higher the wages the agent can demand for his player. Throw into the mix that Sissoko day dreamed through most of last season and his agent would do best to let the professionals do their job.

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  • Nufc-83

    Jul 12, 2016 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #8

    funlovingexpress // Jul 12, 2016 at 9:52 AM

    NUFC when you play with 3 up top you dont have to use wingers. You can just as easily use rm, cm and lm with 3 strikers up front.

    442 you use wingers and most teams playing with one striker up front use wingers too.

    See spoofs answer for when he played well because he is spot on.

    Sissoko spent most of the last couple of seasons running the wing. He wasnt tucked in the midfield like a right or left midfielder, he sometimes cut inside but most wingers do that anyhow.

    But we will see who is right once he leaves. You no doubt think he will be an expensive sub whereas I think he will prove to be cheap and run midfield.

    I am sorry but i dont agree. RW for me is an out and out winger with little defensive responsibilities such as neymar. RM for me is someone who plays on the right side of the pitch but has to get back aswell as go forward and generally sits deeper than a RW. Please correct me if I am wrong somebody as he has me questioning my own answer now 🙂

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  • Bambams

    Jul 12, 2016 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #9

    It’s not unreasonable for the price. I would of happily taken £18-20 million at the end of the season but he has done very well during the tournament.

    Remember Guivarch. …..

    Rafa is no mug and the agent is quoting (allegedly ) what was suggested under previous managers.

    Let the battle commence, one thing for sure it’s win win for us – for once !

    IMO

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  • Jib

    Jul 12, 2016 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #10

    Lilo

    I said McClaren because he was the new incumbent at the time is all.

    Help the club – the manager – the tea lady it’s all semantics

    He did the absolute minimum to get himself through to the Euros the idle bastard .

    He only ever put in a shift when the games were on Canal+ France.

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  • The overrated Frenchman

    Jul 12, 2016 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #11

    Mondial have got so used to screwing us over they are seemingly shocked by some resistance (and honesty, and integrity) on our part, with Rafa rather than Charnley and Carr doing the business.

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Jul 12, 2016 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #12

    NUFC 83 / FLE,
    In reality any of the formations mentioned could be played with wingers, or midfielders. Just naming 442 doesn’t really tell you how it is played, neither does 4231, 433, etc.

    All can be played in a variety of ways, with a variety of different positional nuances, just like pretty much any formation. The rest of the tactics and how the manager sets up would dictate this, rather than the formation alone.

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  • ToonRich

    Jul 12, 2016 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #13

    Hold up, 99% of the euros Sissoko was played wide right or winger…He took the plaudits from most pundits for each match he played.

    I think whats annoyed many a toon fan is; he actually performed in this position, but when played in the same position for Newcastle he’s failed…

    In the previous thread I recal someone suggested we play him out of position…so France didnt?? :/

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  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Jul 12, 2016 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #14

    Sissoko and the TOON

    If the top brass had appointed a top manager in the first place instead of Pardew – did OK but lost the plot – but after him, bringing in Carver then McLaren instead of a the top manager then I would guess we would be still in the Premiership.

    BUT the Biggest mistake was not to bring a top manager in in December/January (don’t know when RAFA was sacked at Real) and I guess if we did we would still be in the Premiership and top players would of stayed.

    But in the position we are in now we don’t have the bargaining chips to hold onto top players.

    Rafa tell uncle Bakari that the price is £35 million – if the TOON don’t get the asking fee then he is still a TOON player

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Jul 12, 2016 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #15

    Jib,
    Yeah, someone else posted about it and also said helping the manager, rather than club. That was why I mentioned it earlier, not as a criticism of anyone who had posted saying it.

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  • funlovingexpress

    Jul 12, 2016 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #16

    Robert and Ginola were wingers in the fashion you mentioned but the game has moved on. Wingers are expected to track back and defend just as much as a RM/LM these days.

    Ritchie is a perfect example of this. He will run the line all day but will defend just as often as attack.

    Townsend played slightly inside bnecause he is an inverted winger and they are used tactically to cut inside all of the time.

    A normal winger though is someone who flies up the line and puts crosses in. Something Ritchie will do all day and night.

    Sissoko cant cross a ball to save his life

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jul 12, 2016 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #17

    “He has always been loyal, he has always respected the club, the fans. There are clubs who came to us and to Newcastle.”

    ?

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  • funlovingexpress

    Jul 12, 2016 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #18

    The toon should tell the agent to scrap his fee. Hows that for being reasonable?

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jul 12, 2016 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #19

    Charlie,
    I don’t think Pardew dis lose the plot, in fact his doing so well under a shirty set up allowed the whole sorry saga to drag on until the end of last season.

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  • Nufc-83

    Jul 12, 2016 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #20

    Yes but what im saying is forget the formation then but if you look at how he was deployed for us with defensive responsibility (especially with defensive minded coaches we have had) he clearly played as a right midfielder not a right winger.

    toon Rich (and i am aware this point sounnds stupid when people point out these are ex players and managers etc) but if you actually watched the France games and analysed his performances they were poor to mediocre at best (apart from final). He didnt do anything of significance and often stifled attacks but the thing that annoys me is he was actually trying when for us he just was hiding and did not want to touch the ball at times. The Moussa bandwagon has turned into a load of hype that is great for us as it will drive his price up but whoever falls into this trap will be in for a nasty shock. Moussa used to be my favourite player when he came so i have nothing against the fella he just isnt a very good footballer.

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  • manxpie

    Jul 12, 2016 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #21

    The only consistent thing sisko has done in his toon career is be very inconsistent and usually rubbish especially in the middle if we get 25 mill it’ll be the deal of the century
    plus if his agent is so worried why doesn’t he advise him to put in a transfer request?

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  • martoon

    Jul 12, 2016 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #22

    We can argue as much as we want about the strengths and weaknesses of Sissoko but the fact is he doesn’t want to play in the Championship and wants to leave. So let’s sell him and get the best price we can for him which certainly should be boosted by his recent performances in the Euros.

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  • Oleg G

    Jul 12, 2016 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #23

    How disappearing in many games for 2 seasons and the show he is putting on since we dropped, comsidered to be respectful or can be called ”loyal”????

    He is a first class douche.
    A person with a bigger ego than his skills.
    A horrible combination.

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  • Nufc-83

    Jul 12, 2016 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #24

    Funloving i guess we are almost arguing about him being played in the same position then if you think of a RW as someone who gets up and down when i class Ritchie as a clear RM. The point is he is useless in that position and not good enough technically to be played as a CAM yet not good enough defensively to be played as CM or CDM.

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  • Oleg G

    Jul 12, 2016 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #26

    Martoon

    Lets say we don’t get any good bid for him and won’t sell.

    He is under a contract.
    Doesn’t want to play in the CS? That’s really cute.
    This is why a contract is signed.

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  • Nufc-83

    Jul 12, 2016 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #27

    I really want Arsenal to go in for him imagine him being surrounded by the likes of Ozil and Ramsey etc.

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  • manxpie

    Jul 12, 2016 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #28

    Sisko 118 games 11 goals
    guti 187 games 11 goals
    35 million deal of the century

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  • funlovingexpress

    Jul 12, 2016 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #29

    NUFC 83 We could argue about this all day but I’ll leave it and we will see how he performs for whoever he goes to. I still rate him, I just think that we have consistently misused him and that has led him to becoming lethargic.

    Not a good thing, I agree, especially on the wages he is on, but disillusioned players rarely perform at their best for their clubs.

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  • YouCouldn'tMakeItUp

    Jul 12, 2016 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #30

    In a verbal contract, it is expected that BOTH sides fullfill thier part. Sissoko did not “help out”, so why should we sell him at the lower price? Agents are w@nkers

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  • martoon

    Jul 12, 2016 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #31

    Oleg G @26 – Yes you are right but unfortunately the reality is these days that footballers and their agents seem to hold all the power. If a player wants to go it is very difficult to force him to stay – anyway I’m pretty sure we will get a decent offer for him after the Euros.

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  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Jul 12, 2016 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #32

    Jail
    Whatever happen the powers that be made monumental cock-up in their choice of managers.

    Agents
    bunch of Twa*ts – see Pogba’s agent – Mino Raiola is to make up to £30 million if he can negotiate a deal between Juventus and Man United

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  • YouCouldn'tMakeItUp

    Jul 12, 2016 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #33

    Sissoko will be in all the high class fashion shops while on holiday. He will by some really expensive stockings and suspenders, then when he gets back, he will show Arsenel some thigh, and flutter his eyelashes seductively at them. Basically what he has done here from day one.

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  • YouCouldn'tMakeItUp

    Jul 12, 2016 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #34

    Buy*

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  • YouCouldn'tMakeItUp

    Jul 12, 2016 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #35

    Arsenal*

    Having a fcuking ‘mare this morning.

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  • martoon

    Jul 12, 2016 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #36

    The thing I don’t understand about agents is as they are acting for the players then why do the club have to pay them? In any other business if you have an agent acting on your behalf then you have to pay them e.g. buying a house and solicitors etc. So surely the footballers should pay the agents from their signing on fee or percentage of wages NOT the club!

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  • ToonRich

    Jul 12, 2016 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #37

    Nufc-83, think you missed my point!! Nevermind.

    I didnt rate much of MS’s play in the euros, he hasnt done anyting to help the toon in a couple of seasons. I wont be sad to see him go! If he does stay I hope he pulls his socks up and puts in some hard shifts.

    Ed, you say Rafa already know who he wants to replace Sox with…do share, or create some speculation 😉

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  • Nufc-83

    Jul 12, 2016 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #38

    Martoon it probably started like that but you can imagine when clubs are trying to get a player in they would offer them all sorts and i bet paying the agent fees slowly became a standard part of the offer to entice players.

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  • funlovingexpress

    Jul 12, 2016 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #39

    Martoon its a good point but I think it would be a case of six and two threes.

    If they acted in the usual way then all they would do was negotiate more money for the player so he could pay the agent.

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  • YouCouldn'tMakeItUp

    Jul 12, 2016 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #40

    Martoon

    I think the way they do it is that the signing fee is inflated to reflect the agents cut. It still means the club are being screwed by the agent, of course.

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