Cisse reveals alternatives
Djibril Cisse has confirmed that a number of English clubs were eager to sign him.
By Alex Dunn
Last Updated: 29/07/07 3:37pm
Djibril Cisse has confirmed that a number of English clubs were eager to keep him in the Premier League, prior to his signing for Marseille on a permanent basis.
The French international's departure from Liverpool was a somewhat protracted affair, with a number of clubs in the hunt for his services, but he insists he had no doubts that a return to his homeland was always the priority.
Cisse spent last season on loan at Marseille and having sampled life at Stade Velodrome, had no desire to leave, despite interest from the likes of West Ham and Portsmouth.
It was, though, Bolton and Atletico Madrid that were the clubs most intent on luring him from Anfield, according to Cisse.
"Liverpool received offers from other clubs, notably Bolton and Atletico Madrid. I was offered deals that were almost double that of Marseille's, but to play for a bottom tier club doesn't interest me," said Cisse.
"In accepting Marseille's offer, I knew that I would be playing in the Champions League."
Despite having spent much of the past two campaigns occupying the treatment room and stands, Cisse remains a player bubbling with confidence, declaring next season to be 'Djibril Cisse's year'.
"It will be Djibril Cisse's year. Last year I joined the group halfway through their campaign and I know that I disrupted the balance of the team slightly.
"I have set a personal target this season of scoring at least 20 goals in the League."