Rafa Opens Up – What’s Happening With Wijnaldum and Sissoko

Rafa has been asked whether it’s possible to keep Gini Wijnaldum and Moussa Sissoko at the club this summer and he says – well he doesn’t know – but he will try to keep them at Newcastle.

Rafa also shows what a really good manager he is, because he was in contact with Moussa after every game he played for France during the recent Euros.

rafa benitez closeup in cap

Rafa Benitez – talks about keeping Gini and Moussa

If Moussa had some real football sense – he’d stay with Rafa and let the Spanish manager make him into the excellent player he looked for France during the Euros and in his last few games for Newcastle last season.

It was no coincidence that Rafa had coached him from early March and Moussa showed the best form of his career in that time and in the summer for France.

But if the big man leaves for another club this summer, which looks likely – and plays for another manager,  he may just go back to being the same player he’s been at Newcastle – good when he wants to be and is in the mood – but far too often a mediocre player.

Here’s what Rafa has said when asked if thinks he can keep both Wijnaldum and Sissoko at Newcastle for the season:

“Maybe, you never know.” “Our idea is to keep these players, if it’s possible.”

“But we know how football is now and the market and agents.” “Gini has trained really well, and I’m very happy with him.”

“And Moussa , I rate him very highly. He was very good for us at the end of the season and in the Euros.”

“We know what is going on. A lot of people will be asking for them, but, at the moment, we will see if they can stay and improve the team.”

“It not, we will find the best solution for the team.” “I was in contact with him after every game.” “I was delighted because he was doing well and progressing.”

“He was playing at the level he was playing at the last games of last season.” “I think everybody can see the potential of the player.”

“He was enjoying it. I was disappointed because they didn’t win.”

Moussa seems determined to leave, but the danger for him is he could end up on the bench at a bigger club much like Yohan Cabaye did at PSG and Mathieu Debuchy did at Arsenal after leaving the Magpies.

In a year or two we expect Newcastle to have a top team under Benitez and we’d love to see both Moussa and Gini in that team – but that is very unlikely.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

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