Why Moussa Sissoko should stay at Newcastle next season

Moussa Sissoko

The talented midfielder is reported to have caught the eye of England's top club's and looks set to leave this summer, which would be a mistake.

The future of Moussa Sissoko has been cast in doubt with rumours of an impending bidding war between Liverpool, Arsenal and Chelsea for his services, as per The Express.

Newcastle United are desperate to hold on to one of their most influential players, but could be tempted by a £17 million offer.

Described earlier this year by Sky Sports pundit Jamie Redknapp as The Magpies only top-six standard player, his displays last season led many to believe that the 25-year-old should be mixing it up with Europe's best.

Sissoko himself has spoken publicly regarding his admiration for Blues manager Jose Mourinho, as reported by ESPN, in an apparent attempt to lure a bid from the Chelsea camp.

Yet the powerful Frenchman needs only to look at the careers of former Newcastle stars to realise that the grass may not always be greener.

Countryman Yohan Cabaye excelled in his three seasons on Tyneside after a low-key move from Lille but only started 13 Ligue 1 games last year following his £19 million transfer to French giants Paris Saint-Germain.

Cabaye has since spoken of his regret of leaving the Premier League, with the Daily Mirror quoting him as saying: "I had a great time in England in a league that suits me well. I would have liked things to work out differently at PSG, as would the club, but there is a reality. If I have the opportunity to return to England, I hope everyone will be intelligent enough to do things well."

Similarly, strikers Loic Remy and Demba Ba both made their names as dependable goal scorers at the North-East club and both struggled for game time after joining Premier League champions Chelsea.

Ba currently plies his trade in Turkey at Besiktas and has since been linked with a move back to England, whilst Remy has played second fiddle to Diego Costa and Didier Drogba at Stamford Bridge and is apparently pushing for a move of his own.

Sissoko is at a critical juncture in his career where he must play regular first-team football in order to fulfil his potential before he reaches his physical peak in two to three years’ time.

His name may be one of the first on the team-sheet on Tyneside but this may not be the case elsewhere, especially among squads full of world-class talent - as is the case when it comes to the Premier League's top four sides.

The former Toulouse man needs another season at St. James' Park at the very least.

Should a sizeable bid come in, there is no doubt that Newcastle United will accept such an offer given their track record.

So too will Sissoko, taking his chance on a move should a top club come calling, and who could blame him? Only Moussa Sissoko, should it not work out.

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