By Amir Mir
Tottenham midfielder Moussa Sissoko has stated he wanted to leave Newcastle for a “more ambitious club”.
Spurs piped Premier League rivals Everton to the signature of Sissoko, with the France international making a £30 million move to White Hart Lane on deadline day.
The 27-year-old suffered relegation to the Championship with the Magpies last season and constantly expressed his desire to leave the club after relegation.
Sissoko has now revealed the “complicated” season he experienced with the north east club, as he gave an insight into his mindset during the summer transfer window.
“I had a complicated season with Newcastle, with relegation at the end… so the critics, I understand them,” Sissoko told the FIFA website, as quoted by the Chronicle. “I would say that they motivate me and push me to give more.
“I went on holiday and everyone knew that I wanted to leave Newcastle to go to a more ambitious club that plays in the Champions League and at the top of the table.”
The attacking midfielder made 37 Premier League appearances during the Toon Army’s relegation season last term scoring one goal and providing eight assists.
The former Toulouse player enjoyed a successful Euro 2016 campaign with France, despite the hosts being beaten in the final by surprise winners Portugal.
Sissoko is currently yet to find the back of the net or provide an assist in five Premier League and Champions League games for Mauricio Pochettino’s side this season.
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