By Will Butcher
Moussa Sissoko has rejoined the Newcastle matchday squad ahead of Saturday’s first home game of the season.
Rafa Benitez’s men face Huddersfield as they look to bounce back from their opening day defeat to Fulham last Friday, and welcome back the France international despite his desire to leave St. James’ Park.
The Northern Echo have reported that new signings Ciaran Clark and Mohamed Diame will also join the former Toulouse man in Newcastle’s squad.
Sissoko, 26, is still desperate to move to Champions League winners Real Madrid, despite Spanish publication Marca claiming last week that Real have no interest in the Euro 2016 runner-up.
“I hope Real will come for me, I’m still waiting,” Sissoko told World Football, as quoted by the BBC Sport website. “If Real Madrid are interested in you then of course you will be happy, but right now I am still a Newcastle player.”
Newcastle set a huge £35million price tag on Sissoko in the wake of his display in the Euro 2016 final and he has been targeted by some of Europe’s biggest clubs.
However, it looks as if the versatile midfielder is set to stay after he resumed training on Tyneside this week and could start from the off against the Yorkshire based side.
New signings Clark and Diame also look set to make their Newcastle bows, after they were signed too late to be registered for the loss to Fulham.
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