Moussa Sissoko is trying his very best to make his position at Newcastle United completely untenable. The French midfielder, despite being one of their best players, is probably their most loathed.
Sissoko probably thought he had done everything he could to agitate a move away from St James' Park after emerging as one of the stars of Euro 2016. Indeed, by the time France contested the final against Portugal, Sissoko had displaced N'Golo Kante in the starting XI after a series of fine performances.
The Magpies reacted in the only way they could: increasing his asking price to a staggering £35million. It was enough to ward off even the strongest of suitors, including, it would seem, Real Madrid.
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Los Blancos had only been tentatively linked with a move for Sissoko with Zinedine Zidane reportedly seeing him as a viable alternative to Paul Pogba. But it appears that transfer rumours was as crazy as it sounds and a move has yet to come to fruition.
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I'm still waiting
That has not stopped Sissoko issuing several 'come and get me pleas' in the direction of the Spanish capital. His latest is probably to the clearest and, as a result, funniest.
"I hope Real will come for me, I'm still waiting," Sissoko told BBC World Football.
"If Real Madrid are interested in you then of course you will be happy, but right now I am still a Newcastle player."
You'll probably be waiting a while longer, Moussa.
Paid his dues
Newcastle fans were left frustrated by the sight of Sissoko tearing it up at the European Championships with a perception that he could have single-handedly saved them from relegation if he had shown the same level of effort.
But Sissoko rejects that claim. He believes his three-and-a-half years on Tyneside have been well spent and that he has paid his dues to the club. They should, therefore, allow him to fulfill his dreams elsewhere.
"I spent three and a half years here. I gave everything for this club and I want to play some big games. For that I need to go somewhere else," he added.
"I want to play in the Premier League, I want to play for a big club who can get into the Champions League. That's why I said I want to leave this year.
"I've spent a lot of time here and now it's time to look forward. The fans need to understand my situation, I hope they will and that everything will be OK."
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