01 Sep Sissoko snubs Everton for Spurs
France midfielder Moussa Sissoko says he has signed for Tottenham on a five-year contract from Newcastle.
The 27-year-old was the subject of a late move from Spurs, who appear to have beaten Everton to signing the midfielder for a reported £30million fee.
“Very happy to join @SpursOfficial for the next 5 years !,” Sissoko wrote on Twitter.
Tottenham and Newcastle later confirmed the deal.
Spurs wrote on Twitter: “We are delighted to announce the signing of @MoussaSissoko from Newcastle United.
“@MoussaSissoko has signed a contract with the Club until 2021 and will wear number 17! #SissokoSigns.”
Newcastle added on their official website: “Newcastle United midfielder Moussa Sissoko has completed his transfer to Tottenham Hotspur for an undisclosed fee.
“The 27-year-old France international arrived on Tyneside in January 2013 from Toulouse and made 133 appearances in all competitions for the Magpies during three-and-a-half years at St James’ Park, scoring 12 goals.
“Sissoko’s final outing for United came in a 5-1 victory over his new side, Spurs, on the last day of the 2016-17 campaign.”
Sissoko, who may have work to do to win over Tottenham fans, having reportedly spoken in previous interviews about his love for his new team’s north London rivals Arsenal, said he was “very proud” to join Spurs.
“I’m very happy, very proud to be here,” he said on tottenhamhotspur.com.
“I am in the prime of my career and I want to play for a big team. I have the chance now with Tottenham so I’m looking forward and I hope we will do well in the Premier League and in the Champions League also.
“I’ve said a lot of times that I want to play in the Champions League so that’s one of the reasons why I came here – to have the possibility and the chance to play this year.
“I will fight every day at the training ground and then in the games and give my best for this team. I hope we will all do well together.”
Sissoko joins up with France captain Hugo Lloris at White Hart Lane.
“He’s a good friend for me,” the midfielder added. “When we are with the national team we speak a lot, we laugh a lot. He’s a great player and when he spoke to me about this club he told me that it’s amazing and everything is here for me to play some good games and to fight with the best teams in England.
“I’m happy and he’s happy because we will play together in the Premier League.”