The decision to hand a new deal to Moussa Sissoko at Tottenham appears to have been made by chairman Daniel Levy and the Board, rather than manager Mauricio Pochettino.
It was announced at the end of last week that Sissoko had agreed a new four year contract at White Hart Lane which will see him stay at the North London club until 2023.
However, Pochettino appears to have distanced himself from the matter saying “It is a decision for the club and the player to sign a new contract”.
That is despite Sissoko becoming one of the stalwarts of the team under Pochettino. Sissoko moved to Spurs from Newcastle United in 2016, and struggled initially to adapt to his new club. However, he broke through into the first team, and has now played 132 games in all competitions for Tottenham.
Pochettino’s remarks may be interpreted by some as more evidence of the 47-year old’s manager continued unrest at Tottenham, after he provoked a backlash with his comments that there were “different agendas” at the club.
Meanwhile, the mood of Pochettino and everybody at Spurs darkened even more on Tuesday night when Bayern Munich inflicted on them their worst ever home defeat, thrashing them 7 – 2 in the Champions League in a night of supreme embarrassment at White Hart Lane.
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