Friday 24 November 2017

'I was at Tottenham and saw on TV that I had signed for Everton' - Sissoko breaks silence on transfer farce

Moussa Sissoko joined Tottenham on deadline day
Moussa Sissoko joined Tottenham on deadline day
Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

Moussa Sissoko has dismissed the claims of Everton owner Farhad Moshiri that the Goodison Park club pulled out of a deal to sign him on transfer deadline day.

Moshiri suggested Everton’s eagerness to build their midfield around Republic of Ireland star James McCarthy was the primary reason why they walked away from a £30m deal with Newcastle.

Yet it has been widely reported that Sissoko had agreed a deal with Everton, before he changed his mind and refused to accept a call from Toffees boss Ronald Koeman to finalise the transfer.

Now Sissoko has given his version of events, as he suggests the reports that he had a change of heart on transfer deadline day are wide of the mark.

“I never went to Everton,” Sissoko told L’Equipe.

“It’s funny. I was watching TV, and I saw that a deal had been done with Everton and that I had signed for them, but I was in London, waiting to sign my contract (at Tottenham)

“The main thing is that I signed for the club I wanted to join. Of course I would have liked it to have happened earlier, but now it’s done.

“I hope to have a good season and I’m happy to be able to play in the Champions League. I have played at a World Cup and a Euro.

“I was only missing playing for the cup with the big ears (Champions League).”

Sissoko has much to prove at Tottenham after a disastrous season with Newcastle saw him play a less than impressive role in their relegation from the Premier League.

He will also face a fight to force his way into a competitive Tottenham midfield, with Christian Eriksen, Victor Wanyama, Eric Dier, Dele Alli, Erik Lamela and new signing Georges-Kevin Nkoudou battling it out with Sissoko to start in Mauricio Pochettino’s team

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