Ex-footballer claims Levy has taken a massive gamble on new contract

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Tottenham Hotspur signed a new contract with Moussa Sissoko last week, keeping the player at the club for another four years.

The Frenchman has been one of Spurs’ best players over the last year, with the club legends even awarding him the player of the season award last campaign.

Football Insider recently reported that it was, in fact, Daniel Levy who pushed for the new Sissoko contract to be signed, which seems a little out of character.

In general, it is rare for Levy to sign a player over thirty up to a new long-term deal, but he seems happy to make Sissoko an exception.

However, Noel Whelan believes that the Tottenham chairman has taken a massive risk with this £19m deal that sees Sissoko earn £90,000 per week.

The ex-Leeds man claims that Spurs cannot tell whether Sissoko will be the same player in two or three years time.

He said (Football Insider): “Usually a player who has turned 30 at Tottenham will get a two-year deal, or a three-year max. A four-year deal is a massive gamble from Levy.

“He is normally so cautious over contracts and transfers, generally.

“On the one hand, it is fantastic news for the player, but on the other hand, it is a big risk. Take nothing away from his performances, he has been transformed in the last year.

“He is a massive player in that team and Tottenham know they have a real player on their hands. But whether he will be the same at 32, 33 is a different matter.”

Spurs Web Opinion:

While I would normally agree, Sissoko does not play or look like an ageing footballer. He is arguably one of Tottenham’s fittest players and I don’t see the new deal being a problem. If anything, it is a positive marker to set.

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