Moussa Sissoko was one of the biggest surprises in the Euro. The former Newcastle player shocked everybody with his performance and won a place in the French starting eleven taking over N’Golo Kanté, who had to watch the games on the bench.
The midfielder was a main target for Real Madrid this summer. Los Blancos were even favourites to sign the French player according to the bookmakers. Besides, Sissoko left pretty clear that he didn’t want to play in the Championship with Newcastle, so the Magpies were forced to sell him this summer.
Finally, Moussa Sissoko will play for Tottenham Hotspur this season. The Spurs were also interested in signing Isco Alarcón from Real Madrid, but the Spaniard is staying at Bernabéu and the North London club had to find a replacement. They fight with Everton to get Sissoko, who will play at White Hart Lane the next few months. The Spurs are going to pay around £30M for the midifielder, who has signed a five year deal.
“I wish Real Madrid come for me. I’m waiting”, Sissoko said this summer. However, the Spanish club didn’t bid strong enough for the French midfielder. Zinedine Zidane and Florentino Pérez said several times this summer that the squad was strong enough and Los Blancos have enough midfielder to play this season.
Despite his good performance in the Euro, Sissoko played quite poorly last season with Newcastle. Not even Rafa Benítez could save the Magpies from the relegation battle and the North East England team were relegated at the end of the season. It was the perfect time for Sissoko to find a new club and get a better contract.
It would have been very difficult for Sissoko to find a place in the starting eleven of Real Madrid. Despite Casemiro is the only defensive midfielder of the squad, the French player would have fought with Toni Kroos, Luka Modric, Mateo Kovacic or Isco for a place in the team.