Newcastle midfield star hopes to make summer Chelsea move

Newcastle United midfielder Moussa Sissoko has claimed that Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has been following his progress this season, the Daily Express reports.

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The France international has been consistently linked with summer moves to both Paris Saint-Germain and Arsenal in recent months, but had initially insisted that he was happy to stay at St James’ Park.

However, he has since admitted that he wants to be playing Champions League football, and has been encouraged following Mourinho’s apparent interest in him.

Speaking with French radio station RMC, the 25-year-old said: “Is he [Mourinho] following my progress? According to what I am hearing, yes.

“He is one of the best managers in the world. He has won so many titles… Any player would love to be coached by this man.

“For the moment, I am coached by other people. If one day I have the chance to work under his guidance, I would be very happy.”

He added: “For the moment, I am still at Newcastle and I feel good over there. There is no problem.

“After that, you can never be sure about what is going to happen. If I am to move, the French national team will be part of my thinking. I will make the right choice.

“Champions League football? All players dream of playing in this competition.

“I hope to participate in it one day. I am patient. I am waiting for my time.”

Sissoko joined Newcastle during the January transfer window back in 2013, penning a six-and-a-half-year deal with the Magpies from Toulouse.

During that time he has been a key component of the team’s midfield, featuring in 94 games and scoring 11 goals in the process.

He has also established himself as a regular starter in the midfield for the France national team, adding a further 22 to his collection since linking up with the club.

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