Rafa Benitez had given a strong message out today to both Moussa Sissoko and any clubs wanting to sign the player and the manager has asked any clubs who are interested in signing the Newcastle midfielder to put their offers in now if they want to buy Sissoko this summer.
Rafa has also said Newcastle may not sell him late in the window.
Rafa Benitez at press conference this afternoon
Benitez has also confirmed that Moussa has trained well this week and he ‘s in the squad for the Huddersfield game tomorrow.
New signings Mohamed Diame and Ciaran Clark have also trained well this week and are in the squad for tomorrow’s vital game.
Here’s some of what Rafa has said in his press conference today – talking initially about Moussa:
“He’s on the list on the squad for tomorrow, and after we will decide if he’s fine or not.”
“He’s a player I like a lot. If somebody comes in with the right offer if not we keep him here”
“If somebody is thinking of waiting until the last day of the window it will be very difficult for them, because we don’t need to sell.”
“He’s a good professional. He’s trained well.”
“The new players can play – they have trained well this week.”
“Because of the stature of our club every home game will be difficult. But we must give everything”
Rafa has shown his vast experience by clearly putting Newcastle in charge of what happens with Sissoko and we will not be pushed around.
Any club trying to do a Liverpool and coming in at the very last minute on 31st August for Moussa will likely be disappointed.
Notice Rafa’s man-management skills here – he is asking clubs to come in for Moussa now – and that’s exactly what the player would want.
So Moussa cannot say Newcastle are not trying to get a move for him, but of course the sticking point will likely be the £35M transfer fee.
Brilliant stuff there from Benitez.
However if Moussa is on the bench tomorrow he could cause some upset with the fans – and we cannot have that affect our chances of winning this game.
We would guess he will not be in the match-day squad of 18 for tomorrow.