Moussa Sissoko, 26, hasn’t hidden his desire to leave Newcastle United this summer and re-iterated the point to France Football.
His earlier ‘come and get me’ plea to Arsenal failed to deliver a tangible bid from the north London club despite Arsene Wenger being a long-time admirer of the player.
Now the French international has underlined that his ambitions have outstripped St James Park:
“My priority is to stay in England even if I’m not against going to search for a new challenge elsewhere.
“I particularly want to play with big players and in top-level matches.”
Sissoko moved to Tyneside from Toulouse in 2013 for a fee of around £1.5m. Since then he has become a key member of the Newcastle United squad, elevated to the role of captain last season.
He was criticised by the Magpies supporters for failing to deliver the starring performances they expected as the club slid into the Championship.
This summer saw him take a prominent role for France as they reached the final of Euro 2016. Sissoko came in for the suspended N’Golo Kante, 25, in the 5 – 2 win over Iceland in the quarter-final and retained his place for the rest of the tournament.
Modestly, he gave himself “10 out of 10” for his performances for Les Bleus and Mike Ashley agreed with him, slapping a £35m price tag on the player. It’s deterred all bidders so far but with Sissoko determined to depart this summer, it seems unlikely that he will be seen in the black and white shirt of Newcastle again.
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