Sissoko signs new Reds deal
By Mark Buckingham
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Mohamed Sissoko has quashed doubts about his future by signing a four-year deal.Mohamed Sissoko has quashed doubts about his future at Liverpool by signing a new four-year contract.
The Mali midfielder admitted at the end of last season that there was a question mark about his situation at Anfield after the January signing of Javier Mascherano.
Reports had claimed that Juventus had tabled a £10million bid for Sissoko, while Barcelona were rumoured to be showing an interest.
But the 22-year-old has now put the speculation to bed by accepting a contract to stay on Merseyside until 2011.
"It was never in my thoughts to leave Liverpool," Sissoko told the club's official website.
"I read about the speculation linking me with other clubs, but I am already at a big, big club and it's an honour for me to be able to call myself a Liverpool player.
"I feel fresh and can't wait for the new season to start. I am injury-free and although I know I'll face a battle for a place in the team as we have so many great midfielders I'm prepared to fight for a position.
"It obviously gave me a huge boost to my confidence that the manager believes in me and wanted me to stay at the club. Now I want to repay him on the pitch."
Since joining Liverpool from Valencia in a £5.6million deal two years ago, Sissoko has made over 70 appearances, but has yet to score.