Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

"It Was Fantastic to See So Many Fans; United New Boy Sissoko Blown Away by Winning Debut - and Keen to See Good Times Roll on Tyneside

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

"It Was Fantastic to See So Many Fans; United New Boy Sissoko Blown Away by Winning Debut - and Keen to See Good Times Roll on Tyneside

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Byline: LEE RYDER Chief Sports Writer

MOUSSA SISSOKO is confident that Newcastle United is the place to be for the Magpies' French legion to achieve their dreams.

There have been suggestions that United's Ligue 1 stars are using St James' Park as a stepping stone to bigger clubs but Sissoko insists Newcastle are going places.

The return of Demba Ba is evidence of exactly that with the Senegal striker quitting the Magpies after being offered a huge package by the Blues.

But by the same token Newcastle's PS22.5m spending spree in January underlined that exciting times could still lie ahead.

However, Sissoko is still beaming with pride, and the 6ft 2in steely box-to-box midfielder cut an excited figure at the prospect of showing a full house exactly what he can do.

The former Toulouse star told the Chronicle ahead of his debut: "Chelsea is a massive club - they won the Champions League - but I also believe that Newcastle has the players to compete with Chelsea at that level and win the game. "I can't wait to play at home in front of the huge support we have here.

"It will be fantastic. It's going to be a good match. We've worked really hard in training and now we will go out and do exactly the same as it's an important game for us."

United's new boys were treated to a French day at the club's Benton HQ yesterday, with owner Mike Ashley also jetting in to greet his new signings.

But Sissoko was still coming down to earth after the wild scenes at the final whistle at Villa Park. Never before had he seen a mere league victory celebrated like winning a trophy as fans went crazy and the French players left the field draped in Tricolour flags.

Sissoko said: "It was fantastic to see so many supporters, and get such good support from them.

"To see some of them waving the French flag was brilliant. It shows that they're really supporting us and they want us to do the best for the team. It was a great match.

"I was very proud to play and help Newcastle.

"Now Aston Villa is over, and we're focusing on all our efforts on Chelsea, which will be a huge game." Sissoko's debut saw him sparkle in the first half before running out of steam in the closing stages. …

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