New Tottenham midfielder Moussa Sissoko rejects reports that he was close to signing a deal with Everton and then opted to sign with Spurs.
Sissoko, 27, came out of Euro 2016 extremely hyped after his performances for France. His former club Newcastle United put a high asking price on the midfielder that several times expressed his desire to leave the club after they were relegated from the Premier League. He got his wish on transfer deadline day, as Tottenham got him for a £30 million deal, signing him to a five-year deal.
Reports came out during deadline day that he was heading to Goodison Park to join Everton, something that Sissoko is claiming is false.
“I never went to Everton,” Sissoko told L’Equipe. “It’s funny. I was watching TV, and I saw that a deal had been done with Everton and that I had signed for them.
“But I was in London, waiting to sign my contract [with Spurs].”
After three-and-a-half seasons at Newcastle, he leaves the north and moves to London. Sissoko said he’s looking forward to playing in the Champions League with Tottenham.
“The main thing is that I signed for the club I wanted to join,” Sissoko said. “Of course I would have liked it to have happened earlier, but now it’s done.
“I hope to have a good season and I’m happy to be able to play in the Champions League. I have played at a World Cup and a Euro.
“I was only missing playing for the cup with the big ears [Champions League].”