France international Moussa Sissoko has expressed a strong desire to join Spanish giants Real Madrid from Newcastle United.
The 26-year-old had an outstanding year with the Magpies last season but couldn’t save the team from relegation – he followed that up with quality showing at the Euro 2016 which has drawn interest from a host of top European clubs.
However, Sissoko fancies a move to the Bernabeu despite Liverpool ready to pay £35m for his services.
“I hope Real will come for me. I’m still waiting,” he told the BBC World Service.
“If Real Madrid are interested in you, then of course you will be happy, but right now I am still a Newcastle player.”
Sissoko has begged Newcastle United to understand his ambitious following three and a half years on Tyneside.
“They need to understand,” he said. “I gave everything for this club and I want to play some big games. For that I need to go somewhere else.
“I want to play in the Premier League, I want to play for a big club who can get into the Champions League. That’s why I said I want to leave this year.
“I’ve spent a lot of time here and now it’s time to look forward. The fans need to understand my situation. I hope they will and that everything will be okay.”