Monday, 28th January, 2013

New Newcastle signing Moussa Sissoko regrets the circumstances in which he was forced to leave former club Toulouse.

Sissoko secured a switch to St. James’ Park last week, with Newcastle paying Toulouse a fee of around €2.5M for his services.

The midfielder’s contract at Toulouse was due to expire during the summer and the French club were desperate for him to sign an extension.

Sissoko though refused and left Toulouse seeking a fee for him this month rather than lose him for nothing, with the 23-year-old feeling rushed and the whole experience an unpleasant one.


"I wish that it had ended better", he told Canal +.

"This is not what I wanted", he continued.

"The president did everything to make me go in order to take the money.

"This was the choice. If I had stayed, I would not have had any playing time.

"Now I hope to be successful at Newcastle."

Sissoko lands in the middle of a relegation battle at the Magpies, with Alan Pardew’s men looking to move away from the wrong end of the Premier League table.

Newcastle face a key game tomorrow evening, when they visit Aston Villa, another side struggling near to the danger zone.

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