Newcastle’s Moussa Sissoko: I moved here to win silverware

Moussa Sissoko says he moved to Newcastle United to win trophies ahead of their Europa League last-32 tie against Metalist Kharkiv

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Alan Pardew signed Moussa Sissoko from Toulouse in January Photo: Back Page Images

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Moussa Sissoko says he moved to Newcastle United to win trophies after the midfielder’s impressive start to life at St James’ Park.

The 23-year-old penned a six-and-a-half year deal with the Magpies after the France international completed a move for an undisclosed fee from Toulouse in January.

Sissoko created Papiss Cisse’s goal in a 2-1 victory over Aston Villa before netting twice in a 3-2 win against Chelsea in the Premier League.

The Magpies are set to face Ukrainian side Metalist Kharkiv at St James’ Park in the first leg of their Europa League last-32 tie on Thursday, and Sissoko wants to help end the club’s 44-year trophy drought.

“It [the Europa League] is very important. I came here to win things and this gives us the chance to do that. For us there is everything to play for in the second half of the season,” he told the Newcastle Chronicle.

“It’s great to get such a good welcome. Everybody on the team wants to give the fans more to cheer about. With this crowd behind us we can win any game at St James’ Park. Anything is possible with our fans behind us.

“I always try hard to give the best account of myself in each game no matter what competition. But we can’t forget that it is about team performance. We all have to perform together. The new players bring a boost to us.”

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