Newcastle United midfielder Moussa Sissoko is a man who is desperate for a move to the Premier League.
He feels like he deserves to be there, after turning in his only decent performances of the entire season during Euro 2016, and promptly getting carried away with his own hype.
And after his latest actions, it looks like he’ll do anything to secure an exit from St James’ Park.
Sissoko is training alone after returning from his extended break after the Euros, and he’s probably pissed off he’s still at Newcastle after being linked with Real Madrid and Juventus this summer.
He’s an unhappy bunny, and has also broken club rules by talking to French media about a potential move (just in case it wasn’t clear he wants out):
I resumed training on Monday.
I am preparing with my own coach. I joined the squad slowly, hoping the transfer will be soon. But I am not going to sign without thinking. With everything, I take time to think.
Real Madrid are a very big club, but you have to think and have no regrets.
I still hope to have the chance to join a more exclusive club. Now we are negotiating with Newcastle.
My agent has had discussions with the club. They are open to a departure. We are in discussions. We’ll see what happens.
If you’re struggling, that translates as ‘I want to go to Real Madrid, but they don’t want me and I’ve ended up back at Newcastle’.
Liverpool and Arsenal have also been rumoured to be interested in Sissoko, because Liverpool are quite good at buying Newcastle players for big money (Gini Wijnaldum and Andy Carroll have earned the Geordies £60 million in the last few years), and Arsene Wenger loves buying midfielders he doesn’t need.
Wherever he goes, Sissoko’s quotes certainly qualify as a ‘come and get me’ plea, although who answers – if anyone – is yet to become clear.
Another interested club is West Bromwich Albion, and it would make every Newcastle fan’s day/year/life if Sissoko became the first player to end up playing for Tony Pulis after thinking he was about to run out at the Bernabeu.