“I needed to move on and I jumped at the chance of joining Newcastle”
But the Frenchman is adamant that he wants to leave as Arsenal, Tottenham, Liverpool and Paris St-Germain weigh-up bids for a player with three years left on his current deal.
Sissoko favours a move to the Emirates Stadium to fulfil his dream of playing Champions League football.
But the Gunners are biding their time and are currently unwilling to table a formal offer.
Newcastle are under no financial pressure to sell, despite having so far spent £30m in the summer transfer market.