News today that Moussa Sissoko is ready to join the Newcastle first team squad in training now that his fitness is up to speed having now trained for about 10 days on his own.
There are indications that Rafa Benitez now wants to play him in Newcastle’s side while he is still at the club.
Rafa Benitez with Moussa Sissoko
There’s still a chance that no club comes in with a £35M bid for him but with John Stones moving to Manchester City for a ridiculous £47.5M and Yannick Bolasie likely to join Everton for something like £30M, Newcastle will hold out for £35M for their French International midfielder – who was one of the stars of Euro 2016 in the knock-out rounds.
Of course there are risks in playing him at Newcastle, since if he’s injured no deal will be possible in August.
The other problem Rafa may have with playing Moussa is that he is not exactly a fan favorite of Geordie fans at the moment with the comments he has made since the Euro final on July 10th.
His comments have been tilted towards trying to get a move away from Newcastle to a dream club which over the past few weeks has been Arsenal, Real Madrid, PSG and Manchester United.
Take your pick.
Some of his comments also seem to have disrespected the club who are paying his wages at the moment.
Note: The initiative “It’s Not Just Black and White” was partly inspired by the recent sad paparazzi photos of Paul Gascoigne, and a number of supporters have banded together to draw attention to the complexities of mental health and alcoholism – their action line is “It’s not just black and white”.
The group is not asking for donations but is simply keen to raise awareness of the problem through their web-site here.