Some Tottenham supporters may have been a bit disappointed about the swiftness of Moussa Sissoko’s exit last week – as they weren’t able to give him a proper goodbye.
But in a strange twist of fate, the midfielder started for Watford against Spurs just two days after leaving the Londoners.
After five years at Tottenham, Sissoko left N17 for the Hornets, joining the likes of Toby Alderweireld and Erik Lamela by departing this summer after a number of seasons at the club.
His inclusion in Watford’s starting line-up so soon after signing was something of a surprise, but Sissoko was applauded at the beginning of the game and serenaded by the home fans when he was substituted in the second half.
There were a couple of funny moments involving the Frenchman during the game: at one point he accidentally kicked the ball straight at Nuno Espirito Santo, and later he typically sent a shot into row Z.
On Monday, Sissoko finally wrote a goodbye message to the Spurs fans on Twitter. You can read it below, and also check out some of the heartfelt responses from the supporters.
Coming back to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium yesterday was a special moment for me.I spent 5 years at this club and I have only fond memories of it. Fan chants will resonate in my head for a long time to come and I have always strived to give you my best.I will never forget you❤️ https://t.co/KxUi9G6ZfR
— Moussa Sissoko (@MoussaSissoko) August 30, 2021
All the very best to you Moussa! Loved seeing you in the team. Thanks for the high ball forward v Ajax, for the superb pass forward to Harry Kane v Dortmumd, for the surging runs, the tackles and for the way you inspired the team and fans. Good luck! ☺️?
— Michael Irons (@mikeirons12) August 30, 2021
Thanks for everything Moussa, fans always supported you because you always gave 100% on that pitch for us, even if we were playing bad you never stopped trying like all players should. All the best at Watford ?
— Harry (@banterdan) August 30, 2021
Love u ??
— ً (@thfcprime) August 30, 2021
Thank you for everything king ❤
— Eashan – Admirer of Sevilla (@EashN17) August 30, 2021
Thanks for everything Moussa. 2018-19 will always live on.
— Aku (@IceBergwijn) August 30, 2021
My deepest respect and appreciation for all the work and effort you did for us.
Spurs will always be your home, beast! ????
— Karim (@karsalib) August 30, 2021
All the best at Watford, Moussa! We'll remember what you did for us. ???
— Rich Arrowsmith (@RichArrowsmith) August 30, 2021
Showing what can happen at a club if you just keep working hard. The real Spurs fans will always remember you fondly and you’ll always be welcome back.
— James ??????? ?? (@JamesTot1000) August 30, 2021
Fair play Moussa ??????
You wore our shirt with pride and give your best for our badge, so you will always have a place in Spurs fans hearts and will always be welcome back at our home.
All the best for your next challenge and good luck at Watford, but just not against us!
— G ? (@GavLeeWilkinson) August 30, 2021
We love you Moussa! We will never forget the run up to the Champions League. You played a big part that season even though many had written you off before that!
— Safitch (@SafitchTHFC) August 30, 2021