By Harvey Byrne
Newcastle boss Rafa Benitez has revealed that the Magpies will listen to offers for Moussa Sissoko – but they don’t have to sell him.
The Guardian reported that Everton and Juventus are battling over £35million-rated Sissoko, while The Chronicle also claim that Real Madrid have turned their attentions to the Magpies star.
It is said the club will also hold out for the massive price-tag they placed on the Frenchman, who starred in this summer’s European Championships.
“We have a good squad and a lot of speculation and we can’t control that,” said the Newcastle boss to The Chronicle, when asked if Sissoko would be leaving.
“We must continue doing our jobs.
“And if somebody comes with the right offer we have to listen, but it does not mean we have to sell.
“We will try to keep a strong squad with the same ideas.
“Some players may be waiting for a big offer from a top side in the Premier League or in Europe.
“But if they have to stay then they have to stay, that’s it.
“We will be disappointed but it’s only because we are in the Championship.”
Sissoko is contracted with Newcastle until June 2019, but prefers an immediate move back to top-flight football rather than fighting for promotion in the Championship next season.
The attacking midfielder was a mainstay of the team last season, and was named captain by Rafael Benitez for the final matches of the campaign.
However, he scored just one goal from 39 appearances and 3,402 minutes of action, a poor return for a player with 35 caps for France and one who plays so high up the pitch.
Newcastle sold attacking midlfielder Georginio Wijnaldum to Liverpool on Friday, for a fee thought thought to be around £25million.
However, despite some players wanting to leave Newcastle, manager Rafa Benitez has also been recruiting stars with Matt Ritchie and Dwight Gayle stepping down from the Premier League.