Moussa Sissoko expressed sympathy towards Paul Pogba this week, claiming that his fellow Frenchman has been unfairly treated since his move to Manchester United.

Sissoko became a fan favourite among the Tottenham fans in the past two years and has continued to perform under Jose Mourinho.

Spurs signed Moussa Sissoko for £30 million from Newcastle in 2016 after impressing in European Championships (BBC).

In a transfer that raised many eyebrows, Sissoko had struggled to make an impact in the first year or so and was regularly targeted by supporters, which is perhaps why he sympathises with Pogba.

Since his transition into central midfield, the 30-year-old has become an influential player in the current squad and was heavily involved in Champions League journey last season.

Moussa Sissoko was rewarded by winning Tottenham’s Player of Year in 2019 and has continued his fine form this season, even adding a couple of goals to his game.

Facing similar struggles after his move to Tottenham Hotspur, the Frenchmen felt Paul Pogba has been singled out unfairly at times.

Speaking to the Evening Standard he said: “I see the stories about [Pogba] in the newspaper or on TV.

“I wouldn’t say I’m shocked but the way I know him is totally different [to that].

“This kind [of thing] happened to me as well. Sometimes people only see what ­happens on the pitch. Maybe you’re not playing well. That doesn’t mean you’re not trying to give everything.

“Sometimes you give everything and nothing works. Sometimes it’s because something has happened in your private life, so you’re not well.

“The thing to do is be yourself, stay focused on yourself, try to ignore what people are saying. The most important thing is having the confidence of your team-mates, the manager and the staff. So keep working and your quality will come back. That’s the only way to ­success again.”

Spurs Web Opinion

Moussa Sissoko battled through plenty of criticism in his first season. However, the Frenchman became an influential player for Tottenham last season. He has been one of the most consistent performers on the pitch and starting to have composure in his shooting, scoring two goals in the Jose Mourinho reign.

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