Moussa Sissoko claims he never considered quitting Tottenham despite feeling “hurt” by team selections by Mauricio Pochettino that affected his international career.The midfielder is a key member of Pochettino’s Spurs side and has started all four of Tottenham’s Premier League matches in 2019-20, but two years ago it was a different story for Sissoko.While preparing for France’s Euro 2020 qualifier with Albania, the 30-year-old reflected on a 2017-18 campaign in which he started just 15 league games for Spurs and missed out on a place in Didier Deschamps’ World Cup-winning Les Bleus squad. Article continues below Editors’ Picks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream “Not being at the 2018 World Cup was of course a disappointment, but not an end in itself,” Sissoko told Le Parisien.”I was aware of having a complicated year with my Tottenham club. The coach’s choices hurt me, but it’s the law of football. The only thing to do was to redouble efforts. To abandon everything would have been a descent into hell.”I did not want to stay on a failure. I never thought of leaving Tottenham, it gave me even more the desire to do well.”I have a winning mind, it has been like that throughout my career. I do not make any noise, I do not come in the media to say that I had to play.”A good derby with 1point taken even we wanted the victory.Thanks to the fans, now let’s place to @equipedefrance #COYS #MS17 pic.twitter.com/7eUdWa1gym — Moussa Sissoko (@MoussaSissoko) September 1, 2019 Sissoko bounced back in 2018-19, starting 27 league games and playing a vital role in Spurs’ run to the Champions League final, where they lost to Liverpool.He has found his home in Tottenham’s midfield this season as one of two deep-lying players alongside Harry Winks, but he admitted he needed time to adapt to Pochettino’s desired style of play.”Perhaps I have never felt as strong as today,” said Sissoko.”I am comfortable, fulfilled, confident. It is often said that the best form of a player is between 28 and 30 years old. I did not believe it before, but I have certainly had my best season since playing football. I must continue to ride this wave.”Last season, I played 95 per cent of the games as an axial midfielder. This is where I have the most success, where I express myself best.”I have assimilated our possession game. It took time, but I like it there a lot.”
MONTREAL — Ontario’s transit agency has decided not to appeal a court ruling favouring Bombardier but will exclude the Montreal-based company from bidding to continue operating GO Transit trains as it has done for decades.Metrolinx said Friday that it will seek new operators to take over the suburban GO Transit and UP Express airport rail services after the current contract expires in 2023.The winning bidder to be chosen in about a year will first review the current operations by Bombardier and two other Canadian companies and then operate the services as it quadruples in size to 6,000 trains a week from 1,500.“We really need to bring in an internationally experienced operator (or consortium) to help us do this,” Metrolinx spokeswoman Anne Marie Aikins said in an interview.She said the existing operators wouldn’t be able to objectively review the current service and therefore won’t be eligible to bid.However, Aikins said the winning bidder wouldn’t be precluded from using the services of Bombardier and the other two companies to operate and maintain the trains.She said the contract with Bombardier is worth about $100 million a year.Eric Prud’homme, spokesman for Bombardier, said the company is “surprised” it won’t be allowed to bid and is studying the document from Metrolinx.Aikins denied that the decision to exclude Bombardier (TSX:BBD.B) from bidding relates to the acrimonious relationship caused by repeated delays in providing a light rail transit prototype vehicle for the scheduled 2021 opening of the $5.3-billion Eglinton Crosstown line in Toronto.“Absolutely not at all,” she said.“They are very separate divisions of Bombardier and we’ve had a successful relationship for over 40 years.”Aikins said Metrolinx also decided to no longer appeal an April Ontario Court ruling that prevented it from cancelling the $770-million contract for 182 light rail cars without first going through dispute resolution. The deadline for launching the appeal was Friday.“We have decided to move on and concentrate on the dispute resolution,” she said.Prud’homme said Bombardier was pleased by the decision not to appeal.“We salute the decision and we are dedicated to finding a solution,” he said.Ontario has reached a $528-million agreement to buy 61 light rail vehicles from French manufacturer Alstom in case Bombardier is found to be in default at the end of the dispute resolution process.