Given Sissoko is currently a Newcastle United player, it is common knowledge that he is for sale should the right bid come in from one of his suitors, and that is all well and good, but for the player himself to make comments in the French press claiming that he wants to move to a ‘bigger club’ shows a complete and utter lack of respect to his current employers.
Sissoko was asked about a potential move and clearly held nothing back, claiming: ‘If anything should happen, it will. I hope I’ll leave for a bigger club one day, but I don’t know when.
‘England is my priority. If [Arsene] Wenger calls, I’ll have a man-to-man discussion with him and then we’ll see. Arsenal has always been the club of my heart.
‘I hope I’ll improve to win the Champions League one day. I don’t want to set limits to myself. I want to go higher.
‘That’s my goal.’
In modern football, such comments to the media from a player or their agent are common place, but that does not mean they should be – it is not fair to the fans or the club itself who could well be held to ransom by a player who is engineering an exit – and whilst it is fair for a player who is as good as the Frenchman to want to be playing Champions League football, to talk of a ‘bigger club’ when his wages are still being paid by what we can only assume he thinks is a small club, says a huge deal about the player – and not much of it is positive.
Yes, a move is a real possibility but given Arsene Wenger is notoriously flaky in the transfer market and Arsenal are reportedly closing in on a bid for William Carvalho, Sissoko could well be at Newcastle until at least the end of the season probably with his tail between his legs.
Mind you, Newcastle should probably think themselves lucky Sissoko has not taken to following Arsenal or PSG on social media.
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