Tottenham ace Moussa Sissoko takes bold decision to share admiration for Arsenal legend Patrick Vieira, inspired his dream

Tottenham Hotspur's French midfielder Moussa Sissoko (L) runs away from Apoel Nicosia's Spanish defender Roberto Lago during the UEFA Champions League Group H football match between...

Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Moussa Sissoko has revealed his admiration for Patrick Vieira.

Tottenham Hotspur's French midfielder Moussa Sissoko (L) runs away from Apoel Nicosia's Spanish defender Roberto Lago during the UEFA Champions League Group H football match between...

Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Moussa Sissoko has told Onze Mondial that he grew up wanting to emulate Patrick Vieira – and feels he is doing that by succeeding in England.

Sissoko, 28, has chipped in with two goals in 25 games for Tottenham this season, but still hasn't exactly repaid the transfer fee Spurs paid for his services back in 2016.

Spurs fans still aren't particularly sold on the former Newcastle man, and he still isn't a regular under Mauricio Pochettino – but he feels he is somewhat succeeding.

Moussa Sissoko of Tottenham Hotspur in action during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Crystal Palace at Wembley Stadium on November 5, 2017 in London, England.

Speaking to Onze Mondial in his native France, Sissoko has revealed that he grew up idolising compatriot Patrick Vieira, who was the engine of Arsenal's Invincibles team.

Tottenham fans are unlikely to take too well to one of their players wanting to emulate an Arsenal legend, but Sissoko went into just why he wanted to move to England.

Sissoko noted that, whilst he also liked former Fulham midfielder Mahamadou Diarra, he wanted to play well in France in order to earn a move to England and feature in the Premier League just like Vieira did.

Arsenal's Patrick Vieira runs past Manchester United goalkeeper Roy Carroll after scoring the winning penalty during their FA Cup Final football match at the Millennium Dome in Cardiff,...

Sissoko added that he feels 'very good' that he has lived out his dream, and whilst he hasn't quite enjoyed the same glittering career Vieira did, he still feels his aspirations have been fulfilled.

“For me, it's the country of football,” said Sissoko. “This is where I always wanted to play. When I was younger, my model was Patrick Vieira. I always wanted to imitate him. I liked Mahamadou Diarra too. But Patrick Vieira was my reference. I watched all his matches while he was at Arsenal with all the French players.”

“I loved this league, I loved the atmosphere, I liked the level of play and intensity. I saw myself in Patrick Vieira and I could see myself succeeding in England. I said to myself: "Do the best possible performance in France to succeed in signing in England". Today, I am here, I feel very good,” he added.

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