The former Newcastle man came on for the last 10 minutes of Tottenham’s European clash against Monaco on Wednesday night, replacing Eric Dier as Mauricio Pochettino sought to salvage a precious point from the game.
“It’s simple. I spoke with Everton in the past, but they didn’t make an offer to Newcastle when I wanted. And then Tottenham came,” he said, speaking after the 2-1 loss on Wednesday evening.
“And so when they came, I wanted to join this club directly. Because, like I said, it’s a big club. So in my head, everything was clear. I wanted to sign here, that’s why I came here.
“It’s a fantastic feeling. I said in the past that I wanted to move, to join a big team. I had the chance to come here. I am very happy and very proud to be here.”
The Frenchman also revealed that Pochettino had played a role in encouraging him to make the switch to White Hart Lane.
“He told me he knows me, he knows how I play,” he said.
“So he wanted me to come here to show what I did at Newcastle, and to try to help the team to its objectives. That’s why I came here. We had a good chat together so I’m happy to work with him.”
Tottenham vs Monaco player ratings
Couldn’t be blamed for either of Monaco’s goals. Wasn’t really challenged outside of that. 6 out of 10
Up to his usual tricks down the right flank again. Put in some excellent deliveries and was a general nuisance all night long. 7 out of 10
Excellent distribution and made some lovely switch balls. Took his goal well. Defensively solid for much of the game. 7 out of 10
Backed off Silva to gift Monaco their first goal and struggled at times. 5 out of 10
Just as effective as Walker going forward down the flank. Touch was on point and dealt well under the high balls. 6 out of 10
Solid with his challenges but had to be withdrawn later on as Spurs attempted to play a more expansive attacking game. 6 out of 10
Particularly threatening in the second half. Opened up play and created chances with his clever footwork. Enjoyed a chance or two himself. 7 out of 10
Delivered the corner for Alderweireld’s goal but also gave away possession for Monaco’s first. Faded out as the game went on. 6 out of 10
Struggled to make an impact – never really got into the game. 5 out of 10
Son Heung Min
Should have scored in the first half and was pulled off at half time. 5 out of 10
Came in and out of the game. Influential in some of Tottenham’s build up play but also failed to convert his own chances. 6 out of 10
When asked if Tottenham’s promise of Champions League had affected his decision, Sissoko admitted: “Yes of course. I played a lot of games, Europa League, World Cup, Euro 2016, but I wanted to play Champions League.
“So when Tottenham came I said yes, I wanted to join this club. Like I said, I am very happy to be here. Now I need to work hard and be at 100 per cent as soon as possible. And then I hope I will help the team to win something, and I hope we will do well this season.
“The first game was great, we won 4-0 against Stoke City. Today we wanted to do the same in the first game of the Champions League. We conceded two goals by mistakes, but after did a good reaction.”
He added: “Their keeper was great today, we lost the game, but we still have five games left and I hope we win the last five games.
“The most important thing is that we had a good reaction. I think we deserved to maybe draw the game.
“But that’s football sometimes, even if you play well you can lose or draw. Today it was a bad day for us. We need to learn about this game. Then I hope we will win against Sunderland on Sunday.”