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?

Comments welcome.

11 comments so far

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jul 24, 2016 at 8:31 AM

    Comment #1

    Rafa IN!
    BandB IN!
    Sissoko OUT!

  • hibbitt

    Jul 24, 2016 at 8:35 AM

    Comment #2

    Jail for Ashley

    Jimmys so out of touch with the reality of our club he must live on Mars

  • expatmag

    Jul 24, 2016 at 8:41 AM

    Comment #3


    And your point on the last thread was??????????

  • Average_Contents

    Jul 24, 2016 at 8:51 AM

    Comment #4

    That’s some ‘fcuk you’ to Shirkoko and his leech of an agent lol. Like the bit at the end where he basically says they got us into this mess so he should get us out.

    “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.”


    Jul 24, 2016 at 8:51 AM

    Comment #5

    Sissoko has wanted away since he signed and it’s never been reported that he’s upset the squad while looking for a move so why do we think he will now?

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jul 24, 2016 at 8:56 AM

    Comment #6

    Just think it’s a bit rich someone having a go at jimmy for going on about something when said person started every post with I’ve been banging the ….. drum for awhile now.
    I’ve just checked and Mars and Darwin are about the same distance so you could be right.

  • JDdubai

    Jul 24, 2016 at 9:05 AM

    Comment #7

    Doubltess when Sissoko joined it was under the pretence that play for 18 months and we will get you a move to a CL team and get a profit on you. Fine.

    He wants to move on. Fine, he has no interest in the club so move on is best in the long run.

    Just keep your mouth shut publicly about it. Tell you agent to contact every CL club behind the scenes about the transfer and try to push it through. Just whoring yourself in public is a huge slap in the face of the club and fans.

    Wini got his move and kept his mouth shut. , difference is someone actually wanted him so he didnt have to self-publicise like Sissoko has done. Moussa should have a think why, despite 18 months of publicity and pleading to everyone possible, that no team has bothered bidding for him – maybe they dont think he has been as good as he thinks he is.

    Thank god he had the Euros to drum up demand, maybe now we can end this farce and club and player can move on.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jul 24, 2016 at 9:06 AM

    Comment #8

    I think because this time he’s actually gone in to overdrive to make it clear that he wants out. Rafa is trying to put a squad together that wants to fight for the club and having that arrogant to $$error around may well upset the balance. Having said that it will be interesting to see what happens if a club of his dreams don’t think he’s worth a punt.

  • Jib

    Jul 24, 2016 at 9:06 AM

    Comment #9

    This young left winger Yasin El Mahni looks a bit tasty , he’s got Beardsley lauding him to the skies .

  • Jib

    Jul 24, 2016 at 9:13 AM

    Comment #10

    The 3 French players that we got that forced a move to join the Toon – Cabaye , Ben Arfa and Sissoko have all subsequently repeated their behaviour and had chequered careers.
    Was it Carr who told them to do it in the first place ?
    If so , the club cannot cry when they repeat their arrogant behaviour against NUFC.


    Jul 24, 2016 at 9:17 AM

    Comment #11

    Fair points but it’s no certainty that he will upset others, he was made captain by Rafa and is a leader in the squad, it’s possible to keep him round and still have a together squad I reckon


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