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Mauricio Pochettino has revealed Moussa Sissoko wanted to leave Tottenham in the summer.

Sissoko became the club’s record signing in the summer of 2016 after joining from Newcastle for £30 million.

The midfielder endured a difficult first season at the club. However, his performances have improved in recent weeks and he has become a useful member of the squad.

“I am so honest with you,” said Pochettino. “The player was at first interested to move or to leave because he wanted to play more in a season that has the World Cup at the end.

“But I think maybe that possibility didn’t exist and I was more than happy for him to stay and to give him the possibility to play.

“It’s always a decision between the player and the club and for him, in that case, he didn’t play too much last season or play all that he wanted. Always the player is looking to move, to try to feel better and try to be important, maybe at another club.

“Always the club is sensitive in every single situation. But in the end, when we decided to keep him and he decided to stay with us, it’s about moving on and, if he deserves it, giving him the possibility to play.”

We included Sissoko in our predicted XI to face Huddersfield on Saturday. You can see the full line-up here.

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