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PICTURED: Moussa Sissoko (Photo credit: Getty)

AFTER A nightmare start to life in north London Moussa Sissoko is bouncing back.

The Frenchman joined the progressive Cockerels in the closing moments of transfer deadline day last August. However, the eye catching form that saw him secure his £30 million pound from Newcastle deserted him.

However, this campaign ahas been a different proposition altogether. He is one of only two players – the multi-talented Eric Dier is the other – to have played a part in all of Tottenham’s fixtures to date. Things have been so good for the player with Mali heritage that his berth in the gifted France squad bound for the World Cup in Russia next summer looks assured.

Sissoko told Tottenham’s recent matchday programme: “When I joined Spurs on the last day of the transfer window, I didn’t have a chance to have a pre-season with the club and that really does have an effect.

“It wasn’t an easy season for me but in football you can have some good moments and some bad ones and you have to deal with whatever comes along.

“Of course, this year I had a good pre-season with my team mates and that helps, it makes a big difference.

“I feel a lot more confident now. I’m happy with what I am doing and so is the manager and his staff and hopefully that can be seen on the pitch.

“I feel totally comfortable with the team this season and will keeping working, keep fighting and helping my team mates as much I can.”

That hard working philosophy was evident when Sissoko and the rest of a rampant Tottenham put Champions League winners Real Madrid to the sword at Wembley at the start of the month.

Sissoko said of that famous win: “It was an amazing performance, to beat the champions of Europe was a fantastic moment for us.

“We wanted to produce a big game and show to everyone that we can compete against the best in the world. We did that and we deserved the three points.

“Not a lot of people expected us to beat Real Madrid so convincingly, but we showed as a team that we can compete at that level.

“It was a victory for all the players, and staff, and of course, the fans. We work very hard every day to produce a performance like that, which is why we are all so happy.”

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