The uncertain future of Reds striker Djibril Cisse was plunged into further doubt today, when he claimed that he feels unwanted at Liverpool and that three French clubs are chasing his signature.
The French international revealed Lyon, Marseille and Paris Saint Germain are keeping tabs on him and ideally he would like to play for Gerard Houllier at Lyon.
‘Mr. Houllier signed me for Liverpool, and I never had the chance to work with him,” Cisse said. ‘Now I have a coach who doesn’t want me. Benitez doesn’t use me, so I’ve taken a step back. I was sad that Houllier left.’
‘I love Liverpool, but I don’t have the confidence of the coach,” he added. ‘He doesn’t like me. That is his right. You can’t be please everyone. But I don’t think I could stand another season like the one I’ve just had.’
Cisse said he would be even willing to take a pay cut to leave Liverpool and return to France.
‘Financially you have to make some sacrifices, and I’m ready to make them,’
‘My heart leans to Marseille, but Lyon plays in the Champions League and is a more stable club.”
Cisse said Liverpool blocked a move to Marseille last December.
‘Liverpool refused to let me go. I got a lot of hate mail on my Internet site from Marseille fans, because they thought it was my fault,” said Cisse, who added that he has also been contacted by Paris Saint-Germain but did not want to join the club.