Frenchman was barely used last season by Spurs boss and reveals they at one stage had a furious spat … and he will soon be talking to his agent
MOUSSA SISSOKO wants to quit Tottenham this summer and has called for showdown talks with boss Mauricio Pochettino.
The Frenchman joined last summer from Newcastle on a five-year deal for £30million to much fanfare after some superb showings on Tyneside despite their relegation.
But he was barely used this season by the Spurs boss, featuring 25 times mostly from the bench in a difficult Premier League season for the 27-year-old.
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But despite this, the flop has been called up by France for the upcoming friendlies against Paraguay and England next month, and their World Cup qualifier in Sweden.
And France boss Didier Deschamps has told Sissoko to start playing or leave Tottenham if he wants to keep his place in the France squad for next summer’s World Cup.
That is advice that he has seemingly taken on board with open arms – revealing he is considering quitting this summer after what he calls his worst ever season as a professional.
In a candid interview with L’Equipe, he said: “We’ll talk with my agent to make the best decision. My goal is to do the 2018 World Cup.
“If I revisit a season like this and even if the coach likes me, it makes sense to not do it.
“I fell from high. Even though I never thought I would play all the games, I was not expecting such a low playing time.
“It was the worst season of my career when collectively it was certainly the best – it’s weird.”
And Sissoko has bullishly called for showdown talks with Pochettino to discuss his future as soon as possible as Tottenham prepare for their season at Wembley Stadium.
He added: “I will talk to the coach. It usually gives good advice. He knows me very well, his opinion will count. I wish there was better communication.
“What I want most of all is that everything be clear. If the coach no longer counts on me, he thinks that the players who are there are better, he should say so.”
“I want an honest discussion about what they intend to do, their future with me. From there, everything will be clearer in my head.”
In the explosive interview, he also revealed that he had a spat with Pochettino in November when he was dropped from the squad altogether by a ruthless boss.
He said: “It was not because of my performance on the field. There was a misunderstanding between us, it settled.
“The club finished second, so maybe it was not wrong, but, personally, I was hoping better. We can not go back. Who can say how it would have happened if I had gone elsewhere?
“Today, I am disappointed because I aspired to better but I am not dejected. I was not expecting such a low playing time.”
As to his next destination, Sissoko said he is open to a return to France, having starred for Toulouse before moving to Newcastle.
He added: “We will see if there are offers, but Ligue 1 remains attractive.”