Benitez: Newcastle don’t want to sell Sissoko

Date published: Wednesday 13th July 2016 10:24

Moussa Sissoko

Rafael Benitez insists that Newcastle do not wish to sell Moussa Sissoko this summer.

Sissoko emerged as France’s Mr Versatile at the European Championship, where he impressed after a difficult season with Newcastle culminated in Premier League relegation.

The midfielder was subsequently linked with Liverpool, Borussia Dortmund and Tottenham, but Newcastle held firm and demanded a £35m fee, to which his agent reacted angrily.

Speaking to NUTV, manager Benitez has reiterated that the club wish to retain the 26-year-old’s services.

“I’m really disappointed because [France] couldn’t win the final,” said the Spaniard. “I was really pleased for [Sissoko] though, because he was doing really well.

“We know he finished the season in really good form for us – I made him the captain, so I rate him really highly.

“I’m disappointed because they didn’t win, but happy because of his performances. Now we have to wait.

“People are talking about ‘this price’ or ‘this price’- but we don’t want to sell, so we haven’t put any price [on him] and we are pleased, we are happy with him.

“I appreciate him too much to think that we will miss him, so we know he has done really well and a lot of people will be talking about him.

“But we’d like to see him here and that’s it.”

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