|Job||xxxx Football Agent|
|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|
: 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 08 20 Retrieve
[Ousmane Dembele’s agent has denied reports that his client flew to Senegal after Barcelona’s 1-0 loss to Athletic Bilbao on Friday] It’s not true, he didn’t travel to Senegal. He was in Rennes in his mother’s house. I assure you 100%
[The player’s agent also denied that his client hid the full extent of his injury from the team’s medical staff after the match against Athletic Bilbao] After the game, he thought they were cramps
2019 08 20b Retrieve
[Ousmane Dembele’s agent has insisted that his client will stay at Barcelona despite receiving offers from several big European clubs] I wanted to clarify firmly and definitively the situation of Ousmane Dembele. He has not planned on leaving FC Barcelona even for a moment. This is the course of action set for several months now and no element is or will be likely to make us deviate from it. Ousmane feels perfectly well within the club and he remains determined to impose himself in the long term. Despite the offers of several big European clubs, Ousmane is convinced he wants to be part of the biggest of them and that everything is set for him to flourish. Unfortunately, his injury has temporarily stopped him during his drive to have a great and beautiful season. But this will not affect his success and his will to return as soon as possible. He is Barcelona and he will stay 1000 per cent with the will to honour the colours of the club!
2019 08 21 Retrieve
[Moussa Sissoko says Ousmane Dembele does not care if Neymar joins Barcelona] He doesn’t feel at all threatened. When you play at Barca, you expect to be in competition there. Neymar or another, he does not care about that, he only cares about what he has to do
We received shows of interest from big clubs. But we were clear on the fact that he did not want to leave. I told them from the start that he wants to succeed in Barcelona. The door is closed, and Paris or any other club are aware of our intentions. Will he be at Barca this season? In our plans, he wants to stay and all his work is towards that. We are working on that
2019 08 28 Retrieve
[Ousmane Dembele’s agent remains adamant the Barcelona winger will play no part in a mooted swap deal involving Paris Saint-Germain star Neymar] Ousmane stays at Barcelona, 100 per cent. There is no chance he will leave. He wants to and will succeed at Barcelona
[Sissoko doubled down on his statements where he asserted that sporting success took precedent over salary for his client] I repeat for the 20th time, Ousmane will stay and succeed at Barcelona. The deal would have been better financially in Paris for Ousmane and for me, his agent, but money is not the most important thing, it is success in his career. We are not scared of adversity, Ousmane has battled his entire life to get where he is today and he will keep fighting to achieve his ambitions. A lot of people say to players that they only think about money and here is the proof that they don’t, the most important thing is not the financial aspect but rather his wellbeing and sporting success
[Sissoko also dismissed reports that rumours of misbehaviour and the forward’s shaky injury history caused PSG to hesitate over his signing] PSG are not the problem, the only thing that matters is that Ousmane does not want to leave Barcelona, he feels good there and he knows what he has to do to triumph in this great club. The future will be great for him at Barca, he will establish himself to succeed at Barcelona, I invite you all to record that statement and we will talk about it soon
2019 08 31 Retrieve
[Neymar deal hinges on Barcelona persuading Dembele to join PSG] I repeat for the 20th time, Ousmane will stay and succeed at Barcelona. The deal would have been better financially in Paris for Ousmane and for me, his agent, but money is not the most important thing, it is success in his career. I’m really looking forward to that day coming and we can give everything a rest and we all know the state of everything because this has been going on a long time. On the subject of Neymar, I have nothing to say. He’s a player at another team. We respect our rivals and we’ll see what happens. Dembele? At the moment, he is injured. We’ll have to wait and see. I’m not going to comment on anything on Dembele
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.
2020 06 04 Retrieve
[Doubts cast on Dembele departure from Barcelona as agent addresses transfer talk] I don’t expect Dembele to leave Barcelona this summer. Ousmane Dembele signed for Barcelona almost three years ago and he has already had enough time to establish himself in the club and prove his value. It’s possible that he will never show his quality at the club. He is still a player with huge potential, but I think this summer could be the right opportunity for Barcelona to sell or even exchange him for a player they’re chasing already. He’s been unlucky with injuries, but he might also have tried to give more at some moments. Things haven’t gone according to expectations and he might be able to revive his career at another club where he will feel more confident to play at his best. Barcelona seem to be trying to sign Neymar and Lautaro Martinez, so Dembele will probably struggle to get in the first team next season. Additionally, Barcelona would need to reduce its squad and earn some money if they really want to succeed in bringing in their current targets. To sign new players, others must leave