Rafa’s Strong Hint Newcastle Likely To Keep Top Midfielder

The Moussa Sissoko saga at Newcastle has dragged on since the Euro Finals in France in June and July, when Sissoko played really well for his home country and subsequently drove his transfer price up to £35M.

Since the final on July 10th, which France lost 1-0 to Portugal after extra time, Moussa has done his very best to attract some top clubs to come in for him, but the player who turned 27 yesterday has so far been successful.

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Rafa Benitez and Moussa Sissoko

There are now just two weeks to go in the window and Rafa Benitez in his interviews yesterday again mentioned that if Newcastle don’t get the price they want for the big man he will stay on Tyneside.

For his part, Benitez has again mentioned he will be really pleased if Sissoko stays at Newcastle.

This is what Rafa said about the players still to leave Newcastle this month:

“Only the players that we want to allow to go will leave. “The message the other day was very clear about Moussa.”

“Moussa is now the big name in the market – if someone wants Moussa, they have to pay.” “If we are happy with the price, and he is happy, then we can maybe consider.”

“But if we are not happy, then he can stay here and I will be really, really pleased to keep him.”

“We have had some movements (enquiries) around him. “We know his agent is doing things, but the deal has to be right for everyone.”

And Sissoko, who is very rarely injured, picked up an ankle injury on Monday in training during a five a side game and will not play in the important game tonight at home to Reading.

Yesterday there was news in L’Equipe that both Everton and Inter-Milan are interested in him and that Everton officials were meeting with his representatives in Paris.

But the big stumbling block could well be the £35M fee, which Newcastle will not lower just to get a deal done this month.

And even if Everton are willing to pay out the full £35M it’s debatable whether moving to Merseyside would be a good move for him, since Everton haven’t been in the Champions League for a long time.

Moussa wants to move to a top club playing in the Champions League, as he’s told everybody who will listen to him over the last couple of years.

Comments welcome.

12 comments so far

  • Jib

    Aug 17, 2016 at 8:05 AM

    Comment #1

    What’s happening with Charlie Austin ?
    Anyone know ?

  • The overrated Frenchman

    Aug 17, 2016 at 8:14 AM

    Comment #2

    Jib, it would make more sense to say expat lives “south of the black stump”

  • lochinvar

    Aug 17, 2016 at 8:19 AM

    Comment #3

    If Merseyside pays us £95m for Andy Carrol , Winji and Sissoko that’s good trading.
    Everton can’t buy success compared to Liverpool who with their refurbished stadium and the performance against Arsenal might just have done so.
    We might have banked £95m ( if Sissoko is sold ) to keep Ashley happy but then again we are in a lower league,

  • welshgeordie9

    Aug 17, 2016 at 8:23 AM

    Comment #4

    As Liverpool like our players so much and they have got so many forwards, I would do straight swap with Sissoko for Benteke.

  • Jib

    Aug 17, 2016 at 8:25 AM

    Comment #5

    I realised that as soon as I posted it !

  • expatmag

    Aug 17, 2016 at 8:29 AM

    Comment #6


    Re comments on the last thread. I stopped reading your reply by line 2 because it was so predictably defensive and yet, unable to accept the reality of the positon of the club at present.

    Facts speak for themselves in the modern era. Football is not just a sport now but a get rich quick exercise for those who have a modicum of talent in the sport.

    The days of the one club loyal professionsls like Terry Giggs Scholes etc are long gone therefore a club in our position has no alternative but to sell our better players because along with agents, they have the power.

    We all know that to entice premiership players to the championship is difficult and managr like Rafa are feeding on scraps served up.

    Of course we are going to be weaker but there again, would you be relying on characters such as Sissoko Wijnaldum Cisse who were largely responsible for getting us relegated in the first place, to stay and get us promoted?

    The fact remains that we are a championship team who at best can attract upper level championship and lower level premiership players at present whilst making a fair profit on our saleable assets.

    If we do manage to get promoted, then next summer should be entirely different.

  • welshgeordie9

    Aug 17, 2016 at 8:29 AM

    Comment #7

    is here to replace unhappy French international Moussa Sissoko – insisting he will be his own man at St James’ Park.

    The Senegal international has been ruled out of tonight’s clash with Reading, but has warned Sky Bet Championship defences he will be “flying” once he’s fully fit.


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    Diame was a big hit at both West Ham United and Hull City, and netted the goal against Sheffield Wednesday that took the Tigers back to the Premier League.

    With Sissoko likely to be sold if Newcastle get a big bid for his services, many pundits and fans felt Diame would the perfect replacement for the Frenchman.

    But he told the Chronicle: “I am not here to replace anybody – I am here to give my best and get the club back to the Premier League. I want to get fit and show what I am like when I am flying on the pitch.

    “My main aim is to make the fans happy but to do that I need to be fit. If I am fit, like I say, I’ll be flying and nobody will stop me if I do that.”

    Diame’s move from Hull to Newcastle raised eyebrows on the football circuit after he walked away from a chance to play in the Premier League.

    According to this mornings chronicle, so there we are then, he’s not fully fit.

  • Spoof

    Aug 17, 2016 at 8:31 AM

    Comment #8

    I hope Sissoko stays, yes he is a self loving twat who isn’t anywhere near as good as he thinks he is but after witnessing how he performed in a central midfield role for Rafa last season then he is a million miles better than the attacking midfield showing which we have had so far this season, Sissoko in the middle with Ritchie on the right and we have at least two who can give us something going forward, dislike him as much as you like but from what we have witnessed so far this season then I would state that we need him more than he needs us.

  • expatmag

    Aug 17, 2016 at 8:34 AM

    Comment #9


    A long way south mate……lol

  • sirjasontoon

    Aug 17, 2016 at 8:35 AM

    Comment #10

    Too Funny,
    would love him to Rot for a year in the reserves.

  • welshgeordie9

    Aug 17, 2016 at 8:55 AM

    Comment #11

    Didn’t paste that properly, at the beginning Diame says he not a replacement for Sissoko.

  • welshgeordie9

    Aug 17, 2016 at 8:57 AM

    Comment #12

    Can’t wait to see him when he’s fully fit, need a win tonight, at the moment there’s no team on 9 points, however that could change if QPR wins tonight though.


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