In arguably the most controversial transfer of the summer transfer window, Tottenham Hotspur's new£30m midfielder Moussa Sissoko has revealed why he chose North London over Merseyside.
Everton majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri has offered a weird explanation as to why the club did not sign Moussa Sissoko on transfer deadline day.
On Tuesday evening Newcastle believed that, with Mike Ashley, the club's owner, holding out for at least £30m, Sissoko would be going nowhere but 24 hours later the player had signed a five-year contract at White Hart Lane.
"He's a good friend for me", he told Tottenham's official website.
Cameroon global N'Jie, 23, joined Spurs from Olympique Lyonnais in August a year ago but suffered with injury and featured only eight times in the league last season.
Benitez said: "I agreed with our fans that we needed to bring in another winger, so I am very happy to welcome Christian to the club".
Tottenham sign Moussa Sissoko for £30m - RMC
"As I want to stay in the France team, I could not stay in the Championship. For the moment, I am focused on the French national team and the Euros".
The former Toulouse man was a key player for France during their run to the Euro 2016 finals, and a top player for Newcastle last season.
Obviously things WEREN'T otherwise equal, though, since Sissoko also said that playing in the Champions League (as opposed to the Championship) was a big factor in his decision.
With 30 minutes remaining in the window, Everton withdrew their interest in Sissoko, leaving Spurs racing against the clock to get the deal done. I'm sure Hugo was bending the ears of all kinds of his French teammates while he was on global duty in this summer's Euros. I hope that they go in the right direction.
Sissoko has been agitating for a move away from St James' Park all summer, repeatedly speaking of his desire to play Champions League football, and he has been linked with a series of clubs including Real Madrid, Juventus and Borussia Dortmund. "That's why I said I want to leave this year".