French midfielder Moussa Sissoko insists giving up was never an option at Tottenham, despite initially struggling to break into the team
In 2016, Spurs fended off competition from Everton to sign Sissoko from the then-relegated Newcastle for £30m on the final day of that summer’s transfer window.
But the France international struggled to live up to his price tag and couldn’t force his way into manager Mauricio Pochettino’s plans at Spurs.
Nowadays though, Sissoko features regularly for the club and has started 10 of their 17 Premier League games this season.
“The best thing I have done is to be strong mentally,” Sissoko told The Guardian.
“I never give up. In life, you never have to go with your head down. You have to look forward, try to improve, keep fighting and one day the thing will change.
“I never wanted to leave Spurs. I knew that I could have success here.
“I don’t know if the criticism was unfair. Football is like that. It’s why I wasn’t upset by it. I was upset because I wasn’t doing what I wanted to be doing.
“I had to keep working and I believe I can do better than what I am doing now.”
Spurs will face Everton at Goodison Park today in the Premier League with kick-off set for 17:00 (CET).