Real Madrid interest makes me happy but I am Juventus player - Mohamed Sissoko

Mali international flattered by interest from Spanish giants after he was linked with a move to the Bernabeu among other destinations
Juventus midfielder Mohamed Sissoko admits that he's flattered by Real Madrid's interest.

But he made it crystal clear that his thoughts lie with the Italian club as he intends to respect his contract.

Sissoko, 26, has been linked with a return to Spain following a previous spell with Valencia and reports claim he could be a replacement for Lassana Diarra at the Bernabeu.

The Juve man admits he is flattered by the Madrid links, but said he still has time in Turin following a less than perfect season which was worsened by injury.

"All I know about it is from the press. It makes me happy that a club like Real Madrid want me," Sissoko told Marca in an interview.

"It’s fantastic, but I still have two years on my contract at Juventus, a club I have great respect for; I’m flattered by the interest from Madrid, but I’m a Juventus player."

A move to Madrid would see him play alongside former Liverpool team-mate Xabi Alonso.

"It was a special time," he said. "Playing with Xabi is simple because he’s a great player. I played really well alongside him and we had a good relationship in the dressing room – he’s a great person."

Sissoko left Valencia for Anfield in 2005 and feels he has come a long way since.

"I’m a better player than I was at Valencia," he added.

"I’m much more complete and experienced. I was 17 when I arrived in Valencia and now I’m much better after having played in England and Italy."

Sissoko made just four starts for Juve last season, but his term ended in January following a serious left-knee injury.

He has also been linked with Lyon as part of a deal for Michel Bastos.

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