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Moussa Sissoko: “I want to play in the big competitions”

Moussa Sissoko: “I am very happy to be here”

On Barcelona: “They are a great team, they are performing less than in previous years. Patrick Vieira had a wonderful career and if I could do as well as him I would be very happy.”

On Ligue 1: “Every weekend, in the evening I am able to watch Ligue 1, even on Sunday some times. Lyon have a young team but a talented one. I think in the end, PSG will make the difference, with all the players they have.”

On Benzema: “He’s extraordinary. At the moment he is an indisputable start for Real Madrid, with his movement. He is a player who talks a lot to the other players, bringing his experience from Real to Les Bleus.”

On first call-up to France: “I was calling my family, I couldn’t believe it. I was so happy.”

On Deschamps: “He has given me his confidence, match by match. I thank him very much.”

Élie Baup – former manager of Saint-Étienne, Bordeaux, Toulouse, Nantes and Marseille: “He (Sissoko) is a player who deserves to be there. And who has got more coming for him in the future.”

Moussa Sissoko: “When I got into the group (Les Bleus) for the first time, they were all stars in their club. I didn’t know what to do. It allowed me to learn. I have come back stronger. Everyone knows that my favoured position is in the middle. If you put me down the flanks, I will do the best I can of course, because the team is the most important thing. The manager knows that I am best playing down the middle. When he asks me to play on the right, there are reasons.”

On right-back: “If you ask me to play there, I will.”

Élie Baup: “Moussa has always want to go forward, play between the lines, not stay back. He has progressed a lot there.”

Alain Casanova – Toulouse FC Manager: “He was someone who ate a lot! He gained weight quickly, we quickly told him it was beneficial to stop.

Moussa Sissoko: “It is true that I was someone who ate a lot, during my youth days, probably a bit too much. Thanks to the staff there (at Toulouse), I realised that it wasn’t beneficial for my career. Now it isn’t a problem.”

On Ben Arfa: “I was surprised that he would leave Hull. Then he decided to join Nice & sadly he can’t play. I hope that he will be able to play because he is extraordinary. He is a good guy, he’s had problems. I hope he gets to show his qualities, from the bottom of my heart.”

On Arsenal: “Pat was my idol, he played at Arsenal with a lot of Frenchmen. That is why I became to love English football.”

On Thierry Henry: “I have had the chance to speak with him after certain games. He gives me advice, he is someone I like. His advice will only help me improve.”

On Newcastle: “I want to keep progressing and enjoy myself on the pitch. I want to play Champions League, with Newcastle if possible. For me today, I am a Newcastle player and Newcastle is in my head. I want to play in the big competitions, at the moment I am not able to do that. Why not play Champions League with Newcastle?”

On PSG: “I have an agent, Bakary Sanogo for everything. If a team calls him, he will call back.”

Élie Baup: “He should be playing Champions League every season.”


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