Moussa Sissoko has not confirmed an exit from Newcastle, but Champions League football still draws him.
Speaking to Le Parisien, Newcastle star Moussa Sissoko has admitted that he still wants to play in the Champions League, but does not want to move to a big club where he is force to sit on the bench.
The midfielder said: “Didier Deschamps clearly told us that he will only be choosing players who a regularly playing [at their clubs]. With one year to go until the Euros, you cannot change club and find yourself on the bench. At the same time, I want to play for one of the biggest clubs and I would notably like to play in the Champions League, something I cannot do at Newcastle.”
The Champions League comments are regular ones from Sissoko, who has made it known regularly that he is keen on testing himself on Europe’s biggest stage, but Deschamps may have just given Newcastle a great chance of keeping the 25-year-old.
He is now aware that to play for France at the 2016 Euro’s he will have to be playing regularly at club level, and even if the Magpies cannot guarantee him Champions League football, staying at St James’ Park at least means he will be playing every week - as one of the key figure is the first XI.
Sissoko’s desire to leave and play in Europe is sure to see him secure a move away from Tyneside in the coming years, but with Euro 2016 coming up at the end of next season, Newcastle may benefit from his talents for one more season at least.
If he then still wants to leave, and the Magpies have not qualified for European football, at least the club will know that Sissoko has served them well for another campaign, whilst potentially increasing his transfer value due to impressive performances as he attempts to impress Deschamps ahead of the French national team selection.