Former Newcastle player Moussa Sissoko recently expressed his relief at completing a move away from Tyneside, in what he described as a ‘complicated’ last season with the Magpies. The summer signing for Tottenham Hotspur made 133 appearances for Newcastle over three and a half seasons, scoring 12 goals, before wasting no time to express his desire to leave the club once relegation was confirmed at the end of the 2015/16 Premier League season.
“I went on holiday and everyone knew that I wanted to leave Newcastle and go to a bigger club that was in the Champions League and at the top of the table,” he said. “I signed for Tottenham, thank God.”
He mentioned how the process had left him ‘drained’ as a result of the time it took for the transfer to become a formality. Sissoko was linked to Arsenal in the summer and entered into negotiations with Everton before finally moving to Tottenham. His performances for France at Euro 2016 went a long way to increasing his market value to 30 million pounds, something that took Spurs until the final hours of the transfer window to agree upon.
The French midfielder is now a part of a strong Spurs squad looking to battle it out at the top end of the Premier League, while his former side are looking good enough to earn a promotion back into the division via the Championship. Sissoko humbly acknowledged and accepted the criticisms that came his way after a poor final season with Newcastle, where he scored one goal from 39 appearances.
“I had a complicated season with Newcastle, with relegation at the end. So the critics, I understand them. I would say that they motivate me and push me to give more,” said Sissoko. “I’ve been on the receiving end of some pretty harsh comments in the past, but I’ve accepted them. It doesn’t bother me. Everyone has the right to express their preferences for one player or another. That’s football and that’s life.”
Sissoko recently played 90 minutes in France’s 4-1 win over Bulgaria in their 2018 World Cup qualifying campaign. He has made 47 appearances for France, scoring one goal.