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Rafa Reveals What He Told Sissoko About Those Interviews

3:36 pm, Friday, August 12th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 90 Comments

Rafa Benitez has told BBC Radio Newcastle he has spoken to Moussa Sissoko about the inappropriate interviews he has given particularly in the French press, as the French International has almost pleaded with Real Madrid to come and get him from Newcastle.

We’re not absolutely sure, but we think Real Madrid is now his current dream team, but that’s just a wild guess.


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Rafa Benitez has told Moussa Sissoko how he should behave

Benitez told Moussa he understood his desire to get a move but doing it in public is just not the right way.

This is what Rafa has said in full about Moussa today to BBC Radio Newcastle:

“If someone thinks if they will wait until 31st August it will be easier, I can guarantee them it will be more difficult.” 

“If someone wants to come, they have to come now with the right offer and we will analyze that. If not, he is still our player and he carries on working hard.”

“Everyday will be more difficult because we are happy with him and we don’t have to sell.”

“I told Moussa we know how things work in modern football and that is not the right way (referring to Moussa’s interviews).” 

“I said, ‘You are a professional, you are our player, I rate you very highly and I like you as a person’. “

“‘Keep working hard and let other people do their business’.”

Rafa likes Moussa Sissoko, but the player will also listen to the experienced Newcastle manager whom he respects greatly and knows he is a world-class coach.

Hopefully there will be no more interviews from Sissoko, but it’s looking like Newcastle will not sell the Frenchman unless the club gets a really big offer – and they want the offers in soon.

That’s a good position the manager has taken.

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90 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Moonraker15 // Aug 12, 2016 at 3:41 PM

    Why is it that when Rafa makes that statement it sounds right but if Percy was to make it, it would be bullshit haha

  • 2 Ron Knee // Aug 12, 2016 at 3:43 PM


  • 3 Graeme // Aug 12, 2016 at 3:48 PM

    Spot on Ron Knee, nail – head!!

    Rafa’s seen it all before and has EARNED the respect he gets.

  • 4 BeeGuy // Aug 12, 2016 at 3:56 PM

    Score 2 or 3 and work your tail off, sissoko and the world will beat a path to your door.

  • 5 manxpie // Aug 12, 2016 at 3:57 PM

    Rafa is hardly gonna come out and say sisko has been a proper kernt all week with a face like a slapped arse and that he’s picked up 15 dummy’s and that was just this morning! Oh and btw he’s available for 35 mill
    He’s being very smart about it and doing it the right way

  • 6 manxpie // Aug 12, 2016 at 4:00 PM

    Looking back at that post it makes me think if kinnear was still in charge…..

  • 7 Munster Mag // Aug 12, 2016 at 4:11 PM

    I don’t think we should be playing him, but if Rafa thinks Sissoko’s head is in the right place, then fair enough. As for booing, some of u guys need to cop yourselves on. It’s quite simple, you don’t boo a guy in black and white.

  • 8 WWSBRD // Aug 12, 2016 at 4:17 PM

    Considering the fell good nature of the club atm booing is counter productive to that. Just let it be imo cheering the short should always mean more than jeering a player

    And if it gets Antia out of the team praise be

  • 9 hibbitt // Aug 12, 2016 at 4:19 PM

    our toon

    i did answer your question “i will boo him if i think he warrants it ”
    the man has done nothing to earn any respect from me either on the pitch or off it
    if you are happy to put up with his shit more fool you i for one am not

  • 10 hibbitt // Aug 12, 2016 at 4:24 PM

    Munster Mag

    why not if he’s not playing the game why not
    he has no respect for the fans the club or the city why should we have any respect for him

  • 11 WWSBRD // Aug 12, 2016 at 4:28 PM

    At the end of the day ull still be booing a part of ur team when they need ur support

  • 12 hibbitt // Aug 12, 2016 at 4:28 PM

    what i find so annoying is he wont ask for a transfer because that would cost him money
    the sooner he’s gone the better but i fear we are stuck with him

  • 13 hibbitt // Aug 12, 2016 at 4:35 PM

    WWSBRD /

    i have had a season ticket for over 50 years and never felt the need to boo a player before ( the team yes on occasions ) but this mans a joke on and of the field total disrespect for us the club and the city

  • 14 lesh // Aug 12, 2016 at 4:37 PM


    There’s gonna be a helluva positive atmosphere at SJP and booing any player of ours is just going to detract from it.

    As Munster said, you don’t boo your own – it’s bad sportsmanship and if nowt else, childish.

  • 15 WWSBRD // Aug 12, 2016 at 4:40 PM

    Tbf on the pitch he’s been one of our best since signing for us

    The club under Ashley has done little to earn any respect which is all Sissoko has known, yes he’s been a douche but all footballers are, Townsend, HBA, Debuchy, Cabaye, Bellamy…hell even Shearer by all accounts all utter helmets

    Am not fussed if people boo but I wouldn’t even do it, pointless imo

  • 16 lesh // Aug 12, 2016 at 4:40 PM


    On your point about Sissoko not asking for a transfer, I’m with you 100%.

    If he had the courage of his convictions and a sense of decency he would have done so. That is not behaviour to be condoned by any means but booing achieves nothing unless it makes you feel better. If so, do it but do it quietly.

  • 17 G // Aug 12, 2016 at 4:44 PM

    @13 I didnt think the club started selling season tickets until the 80s. That may be the old memory playing tricks on me!

  • 18 ilovetoon8788 // Aug 12, 2016 at 4:50 PM

    Ask that greedy twat to put in a transfer request if he’s so desperate. I’d boo him all game if he plays. Has completely no respect for this club. What a jerk.

  • 19 Readingmag // Aug 12, 2016 at 4:55 PM

    Placing my bets for the weekend, Newcastle goal scorer, PPower

    S.Taylor 25/1 first goal scorer

    I.Hayden 33/1

    Naturally back Taylor !

  • 20 Rotonda heights // Aug 12, 2016 at 4:57 PM

    if he’s so desperate to go why doesn’t sissoko put in a transfer request? Any signing on fee would probably dwarf anything he’d lose by leaving.

  • 21 nut meg // Aug 12, 2016 at 5:00 PM

    They’ve been selling season tickets for a long time before the 80s. I had one in the 70s and it took me years to get one.They were usually family owned and passed down over the very difficult to get your hands on them.

  • 22 Munster Mag // Aug 12, 2016 at 5:06 PM

    Hibbitt, he may not want us or like us or respect us, but he wears black and white so he is one of us. If he ever comes back, pelt him with tomatoes!

  • 23 brklyngeordie // Aug 12, 2016 at 5:10 PM

    I for one am pro booing Moussa… I get when fans say nothing positive comes from booing one of our own players and I understand it can be negative but that for me applies to players who are struggling with form I don’t condone that either…

    BUT MOUSSA case is totally different man has went out his way to disrespect the fans,club and badge and to that I say BOO this man into to shame this mercenary of a footballer whom I’ve said for years is average at best carrying himself if he is the best thing to play in SJP is a joke BOO him BOO him till no end let him and Rafa know the damage is done and we don’t want him.

  • 24 hibbitt // Aug 12, 2016 at 5:10 PM

    Munster Mag

    if that’s the case you should practise what you preach and show some respect to Rafa he also wears a black and white shirt and is one of us

  • 25 lochinvar // Aug 12, 2016 at 5:14 PM

    Off the pitch somethings just won’t go away….Rangers have launched a £4m legal claim against a number of former directors and Sports Direct owner Mike Ashley.
    The club allege Charles Green, Imran Ahmad, Brian Stockbridge and Derek Llambias negotiated commercial deals with Sports Direct below market value.
    They also believe Mr Ashley unfairly benefited from the alleged negligence.
    The action came to light at the Court of Session where Mr Ashley’s legal team succeeded in a bid to get Rangers to disclose documents to them.
    Rangers allege that the former directors did not act in the business’s best interests when they negotiated commercial deals with Sports Direct.

  • 26 hibbitt // Aug 12, 2016 at 5:15 PM

    as far as i know season tickets have been available in limited numbers since the early fifties

  • 27 nufconceandfuturekings // Aug 12, 2016 at 5:25 PM

    Firstly, Dr Ed, congratulations re your latest health check.

    Is Moussa very stupid, I wonder. We’ve learned more about his character in these last few months than the entire 3 years. Listening to his most recent interview, frankly it was embarassing; Rafa needed to step in and tell him to cut it out. I just don’t get some of these footballers these days. I’m biased, of course, but how would you not want to play for our great club and for Rafa!!?

  • 28 toonking // Aug 12, 2016 at 5:29 PM

    I’ve had it. Sissoko can be sold at any price I want to see the back of him, booing him shouldn’t have much effect on the rest of the team, pardew had it done all the time all you need to do is time it right and take a few banners in calling for him to leave every the only ones likely to see negativity from that is sissoko and Rafa who’s decided to play him.

  • 29 G // Aug 12, 2016 at 5:34 PM

    I remember STs going on open sale in the early 80s, it was considered a big thing at the time. I honestly cant remember them any earlier than that. The grey cells must be failing me.

  • 30 Tsunki // Aug 12, 2016 at 5:36 PM

    The problem with Rafa of course is that he’s not a bang average manager. I think we could all stand it if he was not bad, but also not great, just… average. Trouble is he’s a bit good. So he’s obviously bad. 🙂

  • 31 nut meg // Aug 12, 2016 at 5:38 PM

    The west stand, the only seating area in sjp.

  • 32 Rafa Revolution // Aug 12, 2016 at 5:39 PM

    Taylor not a Newcastle player!!

  • 33 Rafa Revolution // Aug 12, 2016 at 5:43 PM

    How can paddy power offer 25/1 for Taylor to score for us? it must be some shot to come from America!!!

  • 34 Our Toon // Aug 12, 2016 at 5:46 PM

    If a player asks for a transfer and is put on the transfer list clubs then the value of the player to the selling club becomes less. Think about it, if a player asks for a transfer and wants to be put on the list then a buying club will bid lower than I’d he wasn’t on the the transfer list.

  • 35 Rafa Revolution // Aug 12, 2016 at 5:46 PM

    and 14/1 on Gabriel Obertan

  • 36 NUFCPaul // Aug 12, 2016 at 5:55 PM

    Our Toon – why would it suddenly be less for someone on the transfer list? Please explain because I disagree with you

  • 37 Mister Tuff // Aug 12, 2016 at 5:58 PM

    Still one or two either not sure Rafa can produce the goods or they are still fretting for their men – King Percy and Wally Brolly.
    (I remember who was giving it large about these two clots – suddenly horses changed and Rafa is the man – I knaa we yeez are.

    Percy Parsnips supporters now satisfy themselves by the formation of the King Percy Dance Club – which also incorporates Tufties Umbrella Research & Development Society – useful mnemonic TURDS.

  • 38 hibbitt // Aug 12, 2016 at 6:04 PM

    Our Toon
    if he asks for a transfer he loses his 5% of the sale price he also loses any loyalty bonus and any extra number built in to the amount of the sale over a said amount which in sissoko case will be a large amount of money
    which he is not prepared to risk
    him asking for a transfer would have no detrimental effect on the asking price if over deals are anything to go by

  • 39 Vask // Aug 12, 2016 at 6:09 PM

    Actually tuff, it’s more of an acronym.

  • 40 Mister Tuff // Aug 12, 2016 at 6:18 PM

    vask – probably so.

  • 41 Vask // Aug 12, 2016 at 6:18 PM

    I’m actually getting sick of people being sick of Sissoko’s media comments. The platitudes on here drive me to grammatical naziism.

  • 42 Our Toon // Aug 12, 2016 at 6:19 PM


    I know what he loses or stands to lose. That 5% would be dwarfed by any transfer with the signing on fee at any other club…..and massively dwarfed considering what we are looking to get for him. It works both ways

    Nufc Paul – The selling club gets less because teams will never pay the asking price that was initially demanded. You’ll see that players handing in a transfer request will never get sold at original asking price. The selling club lose power and can’t dictate a fee as the buying club know that the player has decided he needs to leave at any costs.

    Everyone knows he wants away but he hasn’t come out and said he’ll leave at any price which essentially a transfer request says, Can’t stand it and get me out of here. Teams come in with low ball offers and as a business you are forced to accept an offer which you normally wouldn’t consider because you don’t have any power to dictate a price. The power was taken away by the transfer request!!

  • 43 Our Toon // Aug 12, 2016 at 6:23 PM

    Think of it like any business and football is a business, especially when you are thinking of commodities when trading, some commodities are worth more than others, if you know you can get a commodity cheaper than its normal price (by actions such as transfer requests) then you’ll look to get the best deal for yourself by going in at a cheaper.

    In retail terms, think sales!! Football is a business, why do you think we got Arfa as cheap as we did, he forced the move coming here without permission but we still had to agree a fee which was peanuts for someone like him.

  • 44 Vask // Aug 12, 2016 at 6:24 PM

    So then, what do people think the final squad will look like after the window slams shut?

    Who will be gone? Who will arrive? Who should be starters?

  • 45 ShirebrookToon // Aug 12, 2016 at 6:27 PM

    Knockeart Hopefully

  • 46 ShirebrookToon // Aug 12, 2016 at 6:27 PM

    Sissoko will hopefully be gone

  • 47 Vask // Aug 12, 2016 at 6:30 PM

    Are we back in for him? Don’t know much about him but if he has a final product I’d be happy with him. Can’t remember the last time we had a final product from the left.

    How about Tiote, can we keep him?

  • 48 ShirebrookToon // Aug 12, 2016 at 6:33 PM

    There’s rumours of us apparent going back in for him. He’s equally as good on both wings.

    I would keep tiote as he could be a big player for us this season

  • 49 ShirebrookToon // Aug 12, 2016 at 6:38 PM


    Janmaat Mbemba Lascelles Mbabu
    Ritchie Diame Aarons
    Gayle Armstrong

    That would be my starting 11 for tomorrow’s game

  • 50 ShirebrookToon // Aug 12, 2016 at 6:38 PM

    A 4132 formation

  • 51 Our Toon // Aug 12, 2016 at 6:42 PM

    Shirebrook I’m with you mate, we should be keeping tiote.

  • 52 Our Toon // Aug 12, 2016 at 6:44 PM

    Knockaert and forresteri, with Galloway on loan and we are set

  • 53 Jib // Aug 12, 2016 at 6:46 PM

    richard of york gained battles in vain
    red orange yellow green indigo violet


  • 54 ShirebrookToon // Aug 12, 2016 at 6:47 PM

    Our toon

    Would love to see them both brought in. We would then posess a real threat in the final third

  • 55 Jib // Aug 12, 2016 at 6:48 PM

    No chest puffed out strutting and crowing
    No arse twanging
    Simply an observation

  • 56 Graeme // Aug 12, 2016 at 6:49 PM

    Jib – what happened to “B”??

  • 57 Jib // Aug 12, 2016 at 6:58 PM

    Bloo whoops
    Well spotted
    Graeme you must be well bored !

  • 58 Vask // Aug 12, 2016 at 7:00 PM

    Was it not Richard of York gave battle in vain?

  • 59 nearly // Aug 12, 2016 at 7:01 PM

    our toon

    love the crack about transfers, quality

    have you ever thought a player wants to be sold for a lower fee ,lower the fee higher the wages

  • 60 Vask // Aug 12, 2016 at 7:02 PM

    I suppose it doesn’t matter still maintains the mnemonic integrity.

  • 61 Mister Tuff // Aug 12, 2016 at 7:04 PM

    Jib // Aug 12, 2016 at 6:48 PM
    No chest puffed out strutting and crowing
    No arse twanging
    Simply an observation

    Jib Jibberish – of the King Percy Dance Club and TURD – duh – what a clot — your jacksie twanged again – so hard it turned blue.
    Lesson = keep your snout of of other peoples business.

  • 62 Jib // Aug 12, 2016 at 7:04 PM

    He didn’t gain many on reflection
    So my teacher was a numpty I guess
    (always blame the teachers)

  • 63 Jib // Aug 12, 2016 at 7:11 PM

    Mr Tuff you clearly recognised your description.
    Ha ha ha

  • 64 Our Toon // Aug 12, 2016 at 7:16 PM


    I have mate, but that’s for a player to decide how much he’s worth. If you have more than 1 club after you the chances are you are going to get a better deal. Comes down to how good the agent is doesn’t it?

    Shelvey wasn’t wanted and was told he could leave, we got him for 12m yet he’s the highest earner at the club, was prior to the sales this summer. The transfer fee didn’t seem to dictate him getting less wages did it?

  • 65 bettyswallocks // Aug 12, 2016 at 7:24 PM

    Jib…… I thought you were a teacher?

  • 66 jazzyp // Aug 12, 2016 at 7:25 PM


  • 67 jazzyp // Aug 12, 2016 at 7:27 PM

    That went t@ts up lol.

    On the Sissoko saga re booing the guy. Granted he has done his self no favours. But will it achieve anything in the end ??

  • 68 welshgeordie9 // Aug 12, 2016 at 7:27 PM

    Sterry should be in the first eleven tomorrow.

  • 69 Moonraker15 // Aug 12, 2016 at 7:28 PM

    Townsend says playing for the toon reignited his career! I’m here to tell him he’s now heading back to obscurity with Palace!

  • 70 Jib // Aug 12, 2016 at 7:29 PM

    Next time you have a recommendation for a Rugby game
    Keep it to yourself

  • 71 jazzyp // Aug 12, 2016 at 7:32 PM

    Knockaert set to stay at Brighton after the 24 yr old has been offered a new improved offer

  • 72 Bobbybee // Aug 12, 2016 at 7:32 PM

    Suggestion for saturday. If he plays, boo his name when it’s read out. Let him know we ain’t pleased. Then, let it go. Get behind the team regardless of who’s playing. He’ll get the message. Just an idea, but it’s your ticket, your call. I don’t want to let one player spoil a cracking day, after all the effort of the gallowgate flags etc. He craves attention – just ignore him! 😉

  • 73 bettyswallocks // Aug 12, 2016 at 7:33 PM

    Jib…… Yer right. I must have jinxed em. They played well against SA but those Fijians are unbelievable.

  • 74 nearly // Aug 12, 2016 at 7:36 PM

    our toon

    doesnt really depend how good ya agent is ,it all depends what the club is willing to pay simples really

    shelvey the highest paid, really how would you know that ,his wage will be higher being bought for 12 million as to 15 million thats how it works for most players not all mind

  • 75 jazzyp // Aug 12, 2016 at 7:40 PM


    I agree mate..Let him know what we think prior to the game, Then let it be for the good of the team during the match.

    Cannot wait for the first home game of the season tomorrow. Will be setting out around 8am for the trip up the A1. Hopefully will be worth while with our first 3 points of the season

  • 76 bettyswallocks // Aug 12, 2016 at 7:49 PM

    Welsh….. What was gannin on there like?–/YXBwaWQ9c3JjaGRkO2g9MzEwO3E9OTU7dz01MDA-/

  • 77 Bobbybee // Aug 12, 2016 at 7:51 PM

    JAZZY, Glad i don’t have the long drive anymore mate. That said, it’s all part of the matchday experience that i used to love. Had some close shaves with traffic though, just getting in in time. 😉 For me, once that whistle goes, it’s all about the eleven on the pitch, regardless of which eleven it is. Lot of effort has gone in by the gallowgate lads and it would be unfair to spoil it for them. Nobody has to agree though, just trying to find a middle ground.

  • 78 Our Toon // Aug 12, 2016 at 7:53 PM


    The agent negotiates either contracts including the wages etc. That’s why they get paid big money. Ibrahimovic cost man utd nothing in transfer fees can you explain why he’s currently earning more than depay who cost 30m?

  • 79 GeordieTwo // Aug 12, 2016 at 7:54 PM

    Nice to see the Swedish girls beat the US. It gives Canada a great chance for gold. We have to beat France today though.

  • 80 Bobbybee // Aug 12, 2016 at 7:55 PM

    Betty, maybe welshie’s bigger than he looks mate! 😉

  • 81 bettyswallocks // Aug 12, 2016 at 7:57 PM

    Bobby….. I think he forgot the lube mate.

  • 82 nearly // Aug 12, 2016 at 7:58 PM

    our toon

    mmm tricky 1 to answer that ,maybe its because he came on a free so he gets paid a lot more than he would if man u had paid a huge fee to sign him

  • 83 welshgeordie9 // Aug 12, 2016 at 8:00 PM

    Kiss my welsh backside.

  • 84 Vask // Aug 12, 2016 at 8:01 PM

    Our toon, maybe it’s a seniority thing.

  • 85 Bobbybee // Aug 12, 2016 at 8:02 PM

    Nowt personal welshie, paid you a compliment really. 😉 Big boy!

  • 86 welshgeordie9 // Aug 12, 2016 at 8:05 PM

    Be interesting to see tomorrow if Sissoko is on the beach.

  • 87 welshgeordie9 // Aug 12, 2016 at 8:06 PM

    Just hope we don’t lose.

  • 88 Bobbybee // Aug 12, 2016 at 8:10 PM

    Knockaert looking good for brighton again. Still think we could better his new contract though and offer 12m to brighton.

  • 89 jazzyp // Aug 12, 2016 at 8:15 PM


    Had some very long drive backs mate over the last 20 odd year with some of the displays we have put on the pitch. Still we put ourselves through the ringer eh !
    Going for a convincing 3-0 win tomorrow boys…Lets get the ball rolling

  • 90 Our Toon // Aug 12, 2016 at 8:15 PM


    So why does Ronaldo get paid more than Bale?

    Why does Pelle in china get more than most premier league player if not all?

    They were daft enough to pay it and his agent good enough to negotiate it. Shelvey cost less than gini yet on more money!!

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