Sissoko in Juve plea

African ace wants Turin switch

Sissoko: Wants out of Anfield

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Mohamed Sissoko has confirmed his desire to quit Liverpool and join Juventus.

The Malian midfielder is currently on international duty at the Africa Cup of Nations - but he is hopeful a deal to take him to Turin will be completed soon.

Juventus are set to sell Tiago to Tottenham, which would free up room to finalise a deal for Sissoko.

"It [a deal] is just a few days away," Sissoko told the Gazzetta dello Sport.

"Three or four days and everything will be decided because we only have a short time.

"I know that everything is moving and I am just waiting on the news."

Juve desire

Sissoko, who has also been tracked by the likes of Internazionale, Atletico Madrid and former club Valencia, admits Juventus have always been his first choice.

"I confess that wearing Juve's jersey would be the best," he said.

"When I was a child, I was a Zidane fan."

Sissoko was with Juve boss Claudio Ranieri at Valencia and he is looking forward to linking up with him again.

"Ranieri? I've known him at Valencia and I felt really good with him," he said.


"I am still a Liverpool player, but I must reaffirm that my heart is with Juve. I had a move to Turin a year ago and then everything failed."

The 23-year-old also paid tribute to Reds boss Rafa Benitez.

"I will always be thankful to Benitez for what he has given me, but in football things move on," he added.

"I'm young and I want to play and at Liverpool in this moment I do not play."


Meanwhile, Benitez has accepted that Sissoko is heading for the Anfield exit and is intent on securing the best deal for Liverpool.

"Yes I think so," Benitez told Liverpool's official website when asked if he thought Sissoko would leave.

"It could be a possibility but it depends on the other teams if they push hard or not.

"We know that they (Juventus) are interested in Mohamed but we need to wait until the end of the transfer window and we need to be calm.

"There are two Spanish clubs and two Italian clubs also interested in Mohamed and we will try to do the best for the club."