Moussa Sissoko doesn't deserve top four move, says ex-Magpie Olivier Bernard

Aston Villa's Alan Hutton in action with Newcastle's Moussa Sissoko

The midfielder has reiterated his desire to leave Newcastle United recently.

Aston Villa's Alan Hutton in action with Newcastle's Moussa SissokoAston Villa's Alan Hutton in action with Newcastle's Moussa Sissoko

Former Newcastle United defender Olivier Bernard has claimed that Moussa Sissoko isn’t ready for a move to a Champions League club, in his column for the Chronicle.

The Magpies midfielder recently spoke of his desire to move to a Premier League club competing in Europe’s top competition, in an interview with Foot Mercato, but Bernard doesn’t think such a move is likely.

“Unfortunately, Sissoko was just not good enough in my opinion to think about going to a top-four team,” wrote Bernard.

Newcastle United's Moussa Sissoko (L) in action with Liverpool's Luis SuarezNewcastle United's Moussa Sissoko (L) in action with Liverpool's Luis Suarez

“Possibly he could be a squad player at the likes of Arsenal, Chelsea or Liverpool, but he isn’t going to start every week… is that something he’d really want?

“I think Sissoko had a decent-enough season, but not a good enough one, so he surely cannot expect deep down that a Champions League club will come in for him,” he added.

Newcastle's Moussa Sissoko in action with Tottenham's Jan VertonghenNewcastle's Moussa Sissoko in action with Tottenham's Jan Vertonghen

Sissoko has long been linked with a move away from St James Park and his most recent admission makes a prolonged stay on Tyneside now seem highly unlikely.

It’s doubtful whether any of the big boys of the Premier League will come in for the Frenchman but there could be interest from midtable sides and from teams abroad.

Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez during the press conferenceNewcastle United manager Rafael Benitez during the press conference

Rafa Benitez may still feel as if he can tempt the powerful midfielder to extend his stay but there can’t be anything less than full commitment in a promotion push and so it may be best for all parties if an exit can be facilitated.

The summer is set to be one of upheaval at Newcastle as Benitez looks to build a squad capable of an instant return to the Premier League, while managing his any potential unrest among his more high-profile players.

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