French midfielder Moussa Sissoko has welcomed rumours of a move to Real Madrid and is upbeat about his chances of leaving Newcastle.
The 26-year-old was not part of the Toon squad which began their Championship campaign with a 1-0 loss to Fulham amid ongoing speculation surrounding his future.
Sissoko said that there a whole host of clubs keen to sign him before the transfer window closes and will weigh up all of his solid options soon.
“That’s flattering,” he said to L’Equipe regarding the Real Madrid links. “Who would not be flattered by the interest of the best clubs in the world?
“[Being coached by Zinedine Zidane] could be something fantastic, but that is not the case today. Everyone knows Zidane, his career, the man he is and the coach he is becoming. This is a great person in the world of football.
“Now I wait to see if this is really feasible before I think about it and make a decision. I know there are a lot of interested clubs. So we will take all the options into account before making the best choice possible. We will see what happens.
Sissoko also revealed he has held positive discussions with Newcastle boss Rafa Benitez and now believes it is time for interested suitors to come to an agreement with the Magpies over a fee.
He added: “I had a very good talk with my coach where we could put everything on the table. He would have liked to keep me but he also knows what is good for a player. He is therefore open to my departure.
“There were also exchanges on this with my representatives and leaders of the club. I now hope that everyone will find happiness. The club requires a significant amount and the clubs who want me will have to find common ground with them.”