- Moussa Sissoko has failed to live up to expectations at White Hart Lane
- He made just eight starts during Spurs’ impressive Premier League campaign
- France coach Didier Deschamps has sent Sissoko a warning ahead of World Cup
Moussa Sissoko has asked Tottenham to let him leave this summer with the £30million midfielder looking to make sure of his selection for the 2018 World Cup.
The France international has failed to convince since signing for Tottenham from Newcastle last summer, having only started eight times in the Premier League.
The 27-year-old is worried about being left out of France boss Didier Deschamps’ squad and wants talks with Tottenham, who he hopes will not hold him back.
Moussa Sissoko joins up with the France squad on Tuesday after a quiet season
Sissoko wants to leave Tottenham to secure regular first-team football next term
‘I don’t think [the fee] will be a problem,’ Sissoko told L’Equipe. ‘They know I am no longer a kid. I am 27 and I need to get to the World Cup.
‘If a situation arrives where I can leave, I hope they don’t cause problems.
‘Everyone knows that I would prefer to stay in England but I have not closed the door on other leagues.
‘We will see if there are offers, but Ligue 1 is attractive. We saw that last season with Paris St-Germain and Monaco, but also with teams like Lyon, Nice and Marseille. I will analyse everything and make the best decision.
‘It was the worst season of my career when collectively it was certainly the best – it’s weird.’
It comes after Sissoko was warned by Deschamps he would have to start playing on a weekly basis if he wants to make it to the World Cup in Russia.
Sissoko has nevertheless been called up for France’s friendlies against Paraguay and England next month. They also have a World Cup qualifier against Sweden on June 9.
Tottenham are paying Newcastle their £30million fee in instalments after Sissoko signed a five-year contract.
France coach Didier Deschamps has told Sissoko he needs to play regular football