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Moussa Sissoko
Gender Male
Ethnic French
Job French Footballer
Desc It should come as no surprise that Moussa Sissoko is Spurs’ speediest player. His pace is the main reason the club agreed to pay Newcastle £30 million. Mauricio Pochettino wanted a different type of forward, who – in the manager’s own words – could ‘break the line’ and add a new directness to Tottenham


Org xxxx National Team
Club as Player Tottenham Hotspurs
  Newcastle United

2019 06 27 Retrieve

[Moussa Sissoko spent much of the 2018-19 season defying critics and delighting Tottenham fans in equal measure. Sissoko had a difficult start at the club following his £30 million move from Newcastle in the summer of 2016] I’m very happy and proud. That means the fans like what I’m doing and like me as a player and a person. They know me well. I’ve always tried to give my best for the team, even when it wasn’t easy, always tried to focus on my job and help everyone. I’m doing well now and they are very happy for me. It’s good for a player to feel the confidence of the players, the coaching staff and the fans.

[Though Sissoko did not score for Spurs last season, as his performances improved his confidence grew] It’s down to confidence. As a player, when you have a lot of confidence, you can do everything. I can say I was consistent during the season. It’s not easy but I worked so hard for it and I’m happy with what I’ve done. Of course, when I came to the Club, my first two seasons weren’t easy, for different reasons. I didn’t give up. This season, I wanted to do well. I pushed myself very hard. I had the chance to play a few games in a row and because we were winning, my confidence was going up and that’s why I’ve had a good season. It’s the most confident I’ve been in my career

: 2019 07 26 Pochettino sorry for tough tackles in friendly that saw Moussa Sissoko appear to stamp on Dan James. United’s new winger Daniel James seemed to be targeted by Tottenham throughout. The Red Devils beat his Spurs side 2-1 in the International Champions Cup.

2019 09 07 Retrieve

[Moussa Sissoko claims he never considered quitting Tottenham despite feeling hurt by team selections by Mauricio Pochettino that affected his international career] Not being at the 2018 World Cup was of course a disappointment, but not an end in itself. I was aware of having a complicated year with my Tottenham club. The coach’s choices hurt me, but it’s the law of football. The only thing to do was to redouble efforts. To abandon everything would have been a descent into hell. I did not want to stay on a failure. I never thought of leaving Tottenham, it gave me even more the desire to do well. I have a winning mind, it has been like that throughout my career. I do not make any noise, I do not come in the media to say that I had to play

[He has found his home in Tottenham’s midfield this season] Perhaps I have never felt as strong as today. I am comfortable, fulfilled, confident. It is often said that the best form of a player is between 28 and 30 years old. I did not believe it before, but I have certainly had my best season since playing football. I must continue to ride this wave. Last season, I played 95 per cent of the games as an axial midfielder. This is where I have the most success, where I express myself best. I have assimilated our possession game. It took time, but I like it there a lot

2019 09 27 Retrieve

[Tottenham midfielder Moussa Sissoko has signed a new four-year contract that will take him through until 2023 in north London] I’m very proud to sign a new deal with the club. That means they believe in me and are happy with what I’m doing so I can give my best to the club for a long time. Hopefully everyone will be happy with my new contract, and of course my family and friends are very happy and proud because they know at the beginning it was tough for me. But I never gave up, I always believed in myself, I was trying to do my best even in the bad moments.

I’ve learned a lot as a man and as a footballer. The talents of the players and coaching staff [here] are unbelievable so I’ve learned a lot from them, and as a person as well. We can achieve some good moments all together. I try to be [a leader]. I have a lot of experience now I’m 30 years old. It is always important to have something from the experienced players so that is what I’m trying to do. We’re all together in the same boat and if we want to have success together, you have to have the right person beside you. We know it will be hard [to top last season] but in football and life, everything is possible. You just have to believe in yourself and anything can happen

2019 11 10 Retrieve

[Moussa Sissoko has urged his team-mates to turn Tottenham Hotspur Stadium into a fortress this season] Of course we are far, far behind the top four, but the season is long and we can still win a lot of games. It will not be easy but we know we have the qualities to do it. When we come back [after the international break] we will try to catch the teams in front of us and see where we are at the end of the season. We have to make our home a fortress. Normally we have to take most of the points at home against every team, but we have a bit of a problem with that. It is a shame for us because the fans are pushing us along with their support, but at the end we don’t win

2019 12 20 Retrieve

[Moussa Sissoko sympathises with Pogba as ‘nothing works’ for Man Utd star] I see the stories about [Pogba] in the newspaper or on TV. I wouldn’t say I’m shocked but the way I know him is totally different [to that]. This kind [of thing] happened to me as well. Sometimes people only see what ­happens on the pitch. Maybe you’re not playing well. That doesn’t mean you’re not trying to give everything. Sometimes you give everything and nothing works. Sometimes it’s because something has happened in your private life, so you’re not well. The thing to do is be yourself, stay focused on yourself, try to ignore what people are saying. The most important thing is having the confidence of your team-mates, the manager and the staff. So keep working and your quality will come back. That’s the only way to ­success again.

[He hopes to act as an inspiration to others, with current club colleague Tanguy Ndombele among those who need to remain patient and confident in their own ability] I was proud to be given a new contract, especially because of how it was for me at the beginning at Spurs. That means I deserve it because of my work. I stayed focused, I never gave up and that’s why the new contract came. When you get to 30, maybe it’s not what Tottenham [usually] do, so I can only be happy. I’m a good example [for Tanguy]. If this kind of [difficult] situation happens with Tanguy, I will tell him to follow the same way. But at the moment there’s no reason to worry. He’s focused only on his work. He has a lot of injuries since he came but he’s doing well and this week he’s back with us [in training]. He reminds me of myself because when I came to England with Newcastle I couldn’t speak any English and it wasn’t easy

2020 01 07 Retrieve

[Tottenham suffer injury blow as midfielder Sissoko set to miss three months] Following a clinical assessment and scans, Moussa Sissoko has today (Tuesday) undergone surgery to the medial collateral ligament in his right knee. The France international sustained the injury in our fixture against Southampton, resulting in him missing our recent FA Cup tie at Middlesbrough. Our medical staff will monitor Moussa’s recovery before he commences rehabilitation with a view to returning to training in early April

2020 04 07 Retrieve

[Mourinho had replaced Mauricio Pochettino as manager] We’re happy with Mourinho. He brought a new freshness. We aren’t going to spit on what Pochettino did, he brought the club to a new level, but now our future is Jose Mourinho. We have objectives, fourth place is still doable. We’re going to do everything. At one point, we had a lot of games, injuries, important players missing. The team was put in difficulty, we had bad results, we’re aware of that. If we have the chance to start the league again, everyone will be fit. We’ll be at full strength.

2020 04 21 Retrieve

[Tottenham pair Serge Aurier & Moussa Sissoko apologise for ignoring social distancing guidelines] We recognise that as professional footballers we have a responsibility to be role models, particularly during this uncertain period that everyone around the world is facing. We wish to apologise for not setting the right example here. We must all respect the Government advice to minimise the number of lives lost during this pandemic. We cannot thank NHS staff enough for their tireless work at this time and we shall both be making a financial donation to show our support for their efforts.