Newcastle United boss Rafael Benitez shares Moussa Sissoko update

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

Nobody has bid for the Newcastle United man it seems.

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

Newcastle United boss Rafael Benitez has confirmed via The Northern Echo that nobody has tabled an official offer for winger Moussa Sissoko.

The 26-year-old's future with the Magpies has been the subject of intense speculation since the Frenchman dazzled for his nation at Euro 2016 this summer.

Plenty of clubs in England and beyond have been credited with an interest - including Real Madrid, who have reportedly gone off the idea (Marca) - but Sissoko remains a Newcastle player for now.

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

Benitez's side kick off the Championship season with a visit to Fulham on Friday, and the Spaniard confirmed that although speculation is rife, there has been no concrete interest in the powerful winger.

As he proved in Euro 2016, Sissoko is quite the weapon for any team and retaining his services for this season would be a huge boost for United's aspirations to bounce straight back into the Premier League.

Consequently, Benitez admitted that it would delight him to see Sissoko stay at St James's Park despite all of the rumours.

Newcastle manager Rafael Benitez and Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino

"Moussa is training well and we don’t have any official offers on the table, a lot of speculation from agents and media but nothing on the table officially," he said via The Northern Echo.

"If he goes hopefully it will be the right price for us but if he stays I will be delighted.”

Every day that passes without Sissoko leaving is a good day from a Newcastle perspective and so many of their promotion rivals will surely be hoping to see him leave before the window closes on August 31.

Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez speaks with Jonjo Shelvey

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