When Moussa Sissoko sealed his last minute move to Tottenham on deadline day, rumours began to circulate that the player had snubbed Everton at the last minute.
Some reports went as far to suggest the Toffees had landed a private jet in London to fly Sissoko to Merseyside for a medical, but the Frenchman never showed up and turned off his phone.
Sissoko himself has dismissed those reports, claiming he never never left London on deadline day.
Speaking after France’s 3-1 win over Italy on Thursday night, in quotes published by ESPN, Sissoko said: “I never went to Everton.”
He elaborated: “It’s funny. I was watching TV, and I saw that a deal had been done with Everton and that I had signed for them. But I was in London, waiting to sign my contract [at Tottenham].
“The main thing is that I signed for the club I wanted to join. Of course I would have liked it to have happened earlier, but now it’s done.
“I hope to have a good season and I’m happy to be able to play in the Champions League. I have played at a World Cup and a Euro. I was only missing playing for the cup with the big ears [the Champions League].”
It’s possible Sissoko is simply avoiding adding fuel to the gossipy fire surrounding Everton’s embarrassment at missing out on a key target to a rival club at the last minute.