Sissoko was used as a holding midfielder alongside Vurnon Anita in Newcastle’s opening pre-season friendly – Tuesday night’s 4-2 win over Motherwell – but he believes Alan Pardew is not getting the best out of him as his best position is further up the pitch.
Moussa Sissoko: “For me, my position is No10.
“But if the manager says I must play in midfield, no problem for me.
“I play for the team, and nobody else. That’s the important thing.
“Last season towards the end I didn’t play, but this is a new season.
“Now I’m so happy because I can play again. It’s pre-season, and I’m working hard.
“Last season was very difficult for the team. This season is a new page.
“We want to play well, and for me it’s a big, big season with Newcastle. That’s why it’s important we win in pre-season.
“No matter who we play in the next match, we’re thinking about winning the games all the time.”
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MOTHERWELL 2 NEWCASTLE 4 (Vuckic, Gouffran, Sissoko, Marveaux)
Elliot; Tavernier, Williamson (S Taylor, 46), Yanga-Mbiwa (Streete, 82), Dummett; Sissoko (Abeid, 68), Anita (Amalfitano, 82); Obertan (Ferguson, 74), Vuckic (Marveaux, 46), Sammy Ameobi (Richardson, 82), Gouffran (Campbell, 58).
Sub not used: Alnwick.