By Joe Nelson
Rafa Benitezel has issued a warning to all clubs interested in signing Moussa Sissoko that Newcastle do not need to sell.
Sissoko may not get his wish of a move to Madrid, as Spanish publication Marca claimed last week that Real have no interest in the France international and reports they will bid for the player are untrue.
During Friday’s press conference, the Spanish manager stressed that he is keen to keep the French midfielder in Tyneside.
“He’s a player I like a lot. If somebody comes in with the right offer (for him), if not we keep him here,” Benitez said, as quoted by the Chronicle live conference blog.
“If somebody is thinking of waiting until the last day (of the window) it will be very difficult for them.”
Benitez confirmed that Sissoko will be in the squad for his side’s game against Huddersfield and that the club wants an offer as soon as possible or no deal, according to Chronicle chief sports writer Lee Ryder.
Rafa Benitez confirms Sissoko in the squad and club may not accept offers in late August. Club want offer asap or no deal #NUFC
— Lee Ryder (@lee_ryder) August 12, 2016
The former Liverpool and Real Madrid boss also took the time to express how delighted he is to see that ticket sales for tomorrow’s game indicate a sell-out crowd.
“To see 52,000 fans tomorrow shows how important the club is for them. The players and everyone will give everything.
“Because of the fans and the stature of our Club, we know every game will be difficult. But we have adapt to this situation.”
In other Newcastle transfer news, the Magpies are close to securing the services of this Danish star.