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By ESPN Staff

Sissoko flattered by Madrid interest

Juventus midfielder Mohamed Sissoko is flattered by interest from Real Madrid but claims he is happy with the Turin side.

The former Liverpool man has been linked with a move to the Bernabeu as coach Jose Mourinho seeks a midfield enforcer, with Lassana Diarra having been tipped to leave the Spanish capital.

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

"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.''

Sissoko played with Madrid midfielder Xabi Alonso at Liverpool and has fond memories of partnering the Spain star during his Anfield days.

"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 has already played in Spain, with Valencia, but the Mali midfielder believes he has since improved as a player.

"I'm a better player than I was at Valencia,'' he said. "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.''

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