Quick links

Newcastle United

Rafael Benitez comments on Moussa Sissoko and Georginio Wijnaldum at Newcastle United

Georginio Wijnaldum celebrates scoring the third goal for Newcastle from the penalty spot

Newcastle United are having to fend off interest in Moussa Sissoko and Georginio Wijnaldum.

Newcastle manager Rafael Benitez

Rafael Benitez has told the Telegraph that both Moussa Sissoko and Georginio Wijnaldum need to take some responsibility and stay with Newcastle United.

Sissoko and Wijnaldum have both intimated that they could be interested in a move this summer, following the Tynesiders’ relegation to the Championship.

However, Benitez does not want to lose either of the pair - and he insists that they should stay to help the Magpies earn promotion.

Newcastle manager Rafael Benitez

“I understand they [Sissoko and Wijnaldum] need some time to analyse the situation and understand where they are, but they need to take their responsibility too and try to do their best to change the situation,” Benitez said.

“In this case, it would be to do well, get us promoted back to the Premier League and everyone will be happy.”

Sissoko has previously stated that he would like to play in the Champions League, while Wijnaldum has attracted the attention of a number of clubs.

Georginio Wijnaldum celebrates scoring the third goal for Newcastle from the penalty spot

Wijandlum has been linked with Tottenham Hotspur recently, but Newcastle are under no pressure to sell.

The Magpies promised Benitez that he would not have to offload any players he did not want to following their relegation.

Newcastle have sold Andros Townsend this summer, but they have moved quickly to replace the winger.

The North East side have brought in Dwight Gayle, Matz Sels and Matt Ritchie, and they are currently the heavy favourites to win the Championship.

France's Moussa Sissoko in action with Switzerland's Admir Mehmedi

Register for NEWCASTLE UNITED team updates

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch