Crystal Palace are a bigger club than Newcastle, says Moussa Sissoko

The powerful midfielder was reportedly close to a St James' Park exit this summer.

Moussa Sissoko has risked the ire of the Toon Army by suggesting Crystal Palace are a bigger club than Newcastle, in quotes published by the Chronicle.

The 26-year old was addressing his prospects of breaking into the French national team when he suggested that his rivals for a starting berth play for higher calibre clubs – including Palace.

“Look at those who play in my position (for France): Blaise (Matuidi) who did extraordinary things for PSG, Paul (Pogba) who is wonderful for Juventus, Yohan Cabaye who has just signed for Crystal Palace and Morgan Schneiderlin who is now at Manchester United. Compared to me, they all play in big clubs,” said the Magpies midfielder.

“The (France) coach has said and repeated, you have to play. I took it into account. I am in Newcastle but it is not a ‘Big Four’ club and I do not forget that the media focus on bigger clubs than mine and (yet some of their players) are not called (up by Didier Deschamps).”

His words serve as a measure of the remarkable progress of the Eagles over the past two years, but will not go down all too well on Tyneside.

Whilst historically it’s hard to argue in favour of Palace being the bigger club, they are undoubtedly the better team on current form.

Alan Pardew has done a fantastic job at Selhurst Park and has carried over the team’s excellent form towards the back end of last season into this campaign.

The Eagles currently sit in second place with nine points after four games while Newcastle languish in the bottom three having yet to record their first win.

Sissoko also admitted that the Magpies vetoed a potential move away this summer - in the same report - and his latest sound-bites point towards a player seemingly keen for the exit door.

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