Mauricio Pochettino has admitted that Moussa Sissoko is still at Tottenham Hotspur only because of a lack of offers for him over the summer. The France midfielder, who became the club’s record signing the previous summer when he joined from Newcastle United for £30m, had pushed to leave and Tottenham were willing to let him go.
“The player was the first [to be] interested to move or to leave because he wanted to play more in a season that has the World Cup at the end,” Pochettino said. “But I think maybe that possibility didn’t exist and I was more than happy for him to stay and to give him the possibility to play."
“He didn’t play too much last season or not as much as he wanted and, always, the player is looking to move, to try to feel better and try to be important, maybe at another club. And, always, the club is sensitive [to the players’ feelings] in every single situation. But, in the end, when we decided to keep him and he decided to stay with us, it’s about moving on and seeing if he deserves to have the possibility to play.”
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