Newcastle midfielder Jonjo Shelvey has defended former Magpies player Moussa Sissoko against the criticism he has received for the way he left St James’ Park this summer.
Sissoko talked on a number of occasions to the French media expressing his desire to leave Tyneside, angering some who saw it as an attempt to force through a move away from the Magpies rather than waiting for an appropriate bid to come in.
In an interview with the Evening Chronicle, Shelvey said that Sissoko’s attitude in training was exemplary and he wishes the 27 year old well at his new club:
“Moussa (Sissoko) was still here right up the final week, and to be fair to him, he was training really well. He had a great attitude, but you could tell he wanted to leave and he came out and said that. All the best to him.”
Sissoko made his £30million switch to Tottenham Hotspur on the final day of the transfer window after initially looking like joining Everton instead. Shelvey meanwhile has begun to establish himself once again in the starting lineup under manager Rafa Benitez and scored in the Magpies’ last outing in the 2-0 win against Brighton & Hove Albion two weeks ago.