Juventus manager, Luigi Del Neri, has limited Sissoko’s chances in the team this season and the former Liverpool man has largely been regarded as a back-up.
The 25-year-old has been expected to leave Serie A in January and a move back to the Premier League has been touted as the most realistic prospect. Aston Villa have been strongly linked to the player but may face competition from rival clubs.
However, a recent suspension to Juve star, Felipe Melo, may throw a spanner in the works as Del Neri may look to Sissoko as a part-time replacement. Though it would seem that the Mali international is unwilling to stay with the Vecchia Signora and has used an interview with Football365.fr to vent his frustration:
“You never know what you have. If you want to be sold, it will be on their terms.”
“The directors wanted to sell me at the beginning of the year and sometimes they try to enter into agreements that I do not like.
“When competition is healthy, I do not have problems. But it is no longer the case.
” Del Neri will only pay attention to me when he needs me. Otherwise it is calculated. I do not want controversy, but I’m not a (commercial) good.
“If someone has disrespected, these are the leaders of Juve to me and vice versa. Accident? They know that they made a mistake with me and now they invent that I did not play against with Napoli because I refused to do so. But that is completely false. I did not play is because I have inflammation of the quadriceps and did not want to risk hurting myself.
“One day I’m sold, the next day I’m not. Melo gets three-match ban and I am no longer on the market. “
Sissoko’s comments might just be enough to force the hand of Juventus and allow the want-a-way midfielder to leave. Villa could use some extra beef in midfield and the 25-year-old was often held in high regard at Anfield. At £6million, it could be a real coup for the midlands club.
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