There have been stories circulating that Papiss Cisse wants to join Real Madrid, and that he has even given them a come and get me plea.
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Papiss Cisse had given an interview in L’Equipe, the French Daily last week, and it seems Steve Goodman has taken that story – and as sports journalists often do – has tried to make it more sensational, by quoting Cisse as saying he wants to join Real Madrid.
It seems that Newcastle have had enough of this nonsense, and it’s about time, and the following statement was released by Newcastle United last night:
An erroneous story which has been circulated this evening by Steve Goodman, regarding Newcastle United striker Papiss Cisse and Real Madrid, is taken from a recent interview Papiss conducted with L’Equipe.
In the article, Mr Goodman states that Papiss has issued a “come and get me” appeal to Real Madrid. This statement is utterly untrue.
In the interview with L’Equipe, Papiss responded to a question about Real Madrid to say that he has admired the club since he was young. This in no way constitutes a ‘come and get me’ plea.
Mr Goodman further claims that Papiss ‘insisted he hopes to join them [Real Madrid]‘. Papiss has never made such a statement and refutes the suggestion in the strongest possible terms.
The player is completely committed to Newcastle United and is not interested in anything other than ensuring he and the team finish the season as strongly as possible.
The matter is now in the hands of the player’s legal representatives.
That’s a great statement from Newcastle.
Cisse joined Newcastle United in January from German club SC Freiburg for around £8M, and has since been a scoring revelation with 13 goals in 13 games, which has propelled Newcastle to 5th top of the Premier League, and only 2 points out of 3rd place.
Papiss Cisse is now close to being a God on Tyneside, and finds it difficult to get a haircut.
This is some of what Papiss actually told L’Equipe in the interview last week:
“My goal, long term, is to play in the top teams and win the Africa Cup of Nations,”
“Also, I’d like to win the Champions League. Since I was little, I have liked Real Madrid but today I am in Newcastle.”
“Even if it’s not Manchester United or Manchester City, it’s still a great club.”
This is a good action by Papiss Cisse, no doubt aided by Newcastle, because football journalists for too long have not let the facts get in the way of a good story.
And we suppose Steve Goodman thought the “come and get me” statement would sell more papers.
Let’s hope Papiss Cisse and Newcastle win the legal case, and it’s good they have initiated one.