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France international won't move to Chelsea unless he's going to start

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Chelsea have been tenuously linked to Newcastle United's Moussa Sissoko, but on Wednesday, the France international poured a bit of cold water on that idea when he spoke about his future. The  midfielder doesn't want to move to a club where'd he'd be a bench player, despite wishing to play Champions League football:

"Didier Deschamps clearly told us that he will only be choosing players who are regularly playing. With one year to go until the Euros, you cannot change club and find yourself on the bench."

"At the same time, I want to play for one of the biggest clubs and I would notably like to play in the Champions League, something I cannot do at Newcastle. One day or another, my hour will come. In any case, I see myself staying in England."

Frankly, there's just no way Sissoko displaces either of Nemanja Matic or Cesc Fabregas in Chelsea's regular starting XI. If starting regularly is a 'must have' for the France international, Chelsea probably isn't the clubs for him. Arsenal, on the other hand, seem like exactly the sort of club that could offer a regular starting role for a player like Sissoko, and even though they don't pay as well or win trophies nearly as often as Chelsea, are probably more appealing in this case.

I think it's probably safe to say that Sissoko to Chelsea is a long shot, at best, and I wouldn't be getting your hopes up.