Rafa Answers Question About Moussa Sissoko’s Future

We have known since Rafa Benitez accepted the job long term at Newcastle in May that he didn’t have to sell any players from a financial viewpoint and Rafa was hoping to keep most of his top players at the club, unless some big offers came in and met Newcastle’s high valuations of those players.

But we have lost Andros Townsend (£13M) to Crystal Palace and Gini Wijnaldum (£25M)to Liverpool, so we have picked up a cool £38M for those two players and we are not short of money.

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Moussa Sissoko – will be a distraction when he returns

It could be that the only high profile player who will still leave the club now is Moussa Sissoko, who has talked incessantly over the last couple of years of leaving Newcastle United for a club that plays in the Champions League.

With Gini having gone rather quickly to Liverpool last week it seems almost inevitable that if a big offer comes in for Sissoko – £35M – Moussa will also be on his way quickly.

Rafa was asked about all the speculation and news surrounding Moussa with Real Madrid, Juventus and Everton all said to be interested in buying the player:

“You know we don’t talk about our business.” “But that is football and we have a good squad and a lot of expectations. We cannot control that.”

“We still have to keep doing our job.” “If someone comes with a right offer, we have to listen. But we don’t have to sell. We will try to keep a strong squad.”

“Some players, maybe, will be waiting for a big offer from a top side in the Premier League or in Europe, but if they have to stay, they have to stay. That’s it.”

“They will be disappointed, but we are disappointed because we are in the Championship.”

That’s a message to Sissoko that Newcastle will be in charge of his transfer – if it happens – and not Moussa and his agent.

And it’s a message to clubs wanting him that they need to bid big to tempt Newcastle to sell, because we are not in need of the money.

But we’d rather see the Frenchman leave and leave quickly.

Moussa Sissoko is due to report back to Newcastle’s training ground at Benton on Monday August 1st – 8 days time – when Rafa will be conducting an open day at St. James’ Park and we will have only five days left before we start the season at Fulham.

So it would be a bad time to have all the speculation about Sissoko’s future be in full swing and would only distract from Rafa and the players concentrating on the important game at Craven Cottage.

The worst thing that could happen is to have Sissoko be a big distraction in August when we play five league games.

We’d rather have him sold quickly – maybe in the coming week.

What do you think?

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