By Russell Edge

Former Newcastle United and current Tottenham midfielder Moussa Sissoko has admitted that he is happy to see the Tyneside club doing well in the top flight.

The Magpies have enjoyed a solid return to the Premier League, currently sitting ninth, having suffered relegation two seasons ago, with the French international having been part of the squad which slipped into the Championship.

However, Sissoko left the club for Tottenham in a £30million deadline day deal back in 2016, where he initially struggled to demonstrate the form shown for both club and country.

Having remained at Spurs when it looked like he might depart over the summer, he admitted that Newcastle deserve to be in the Premier League and that he is hopeful they can push on to improve in the future.

Speaking to Foot Mercato, the 28-year-old said: “I’m very happy for them because Newcastle is a club that deserves to be where it is currently.

“The first two games have been complicated (defeats to Spurs and Huddersfield) but they got better.

“I wish them good luck. They take points. They are well ranked.

“I hope that they will have a good season and that they will continue for next year to have better objectives.”

Sissoko’s admiration for the Magpies will come as something of a surprise to the Toon Army, after he refused to play and demanded to leave prior to his Tottenham move.

He was roundly booed on his return to St James’ Park on the opening day of the season, with fans demonstrating that the admiration shown by Sissoko does not go both ways.

After a disappointing first season at Tottenham, he has progressed to become a crucial member of Mauricio Pochettino’s squad, appearing in all of the club’s fixtures across all competitions this season, scoring his first goal in the 4-0 at Huddersfield.

In other Newcastle United news, the Toon Army poked fun at one Liverpool star after his display on Sunday.

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