Mauricio Pochettino has admitted that Moussa Sissoko wanted to leave Tottenham in the summer and says the club was "sensitive" to the £30 million midfielder's desire play more football elsewhere.

Sissoko did not make a significant contribution in a dismal maiden season at Tottenham but the 28-year-old is finally starting to show the kind of form that convinced the club to match their transfer record on deadline day last summer.

Pochettino was willing to allow Sissoko to leave Spurs, particularly after he described last season as the "worst" of his career and said he wished Pochettino would communicate with him better. The comments did not impress the manager, not least because they had talked on the club's postseason trip to Hong Kong, where Sissoko promised Pochettino he was committed to the club and would improve.

Everton, Marseille and Turkish club Trabzonspor all wanted to sign Sissoko on loan in the summer but Spurs would only entertain permanent bids and, when none came, Pochettino was happy to give him another chance.

"The player [Sissoko] was interested to move or to leave because he wanted to play more in a season that has the World Cup at the end," Pochettino explained.

"But I think that possibility didn't exist and I was more than happy for him to stay and give him the possibility to play. Every player that maybe wasn't involved too much in my plans last season tried to play more.

"It's always a decision between the player and the club and, in this case, he didn't play too much last season or didn't play all that he wanted to, and always the player is looking to move, to try to feel better and try to be important at another club.