He recalled to Le Parisien: "The coach will have his reasons. It was difficult and frustrating.
"I paid the price for his desire to change. I didn't give up and I did well because that's why I'm in the (French) national team today. At Tottenham, I did well until December. I played almost every weekend and then the coach decided to change and I started less often [in the starting lineup], except in the Europa League.
"I did what he wanted. It was difficult, but I tried to keep my head up."
Sissoko added: "I felt the same way Paul [Pogba] did..."