News today that striker Papiss Cisse is leaving Newcastle United for Chinese club Shandong Luneng.
There had been rumors for over a year now that Papiss would end his career in China and that’s going to happen for the likable striker.
The 35 times capped Senegal striker (16 goals) started his career at Newcastle in early 2012 like a steam train – with 13 goals in his first 14 games, after we signed him from SC Freiburg for around £9M.
Papiss Cisse – leaving Newcastle
Here’s what Newcastle put out on their web-site today.
Papiss Cisse has left Newcastle United to join Shandong Luneng.
The 31-year-old striker has signed for the Chinese Super League club for an undisclosed fee, and leaves Tyneside after four-and-a-half years.
Cisse joined the Magpies in January 2012 from SC Freiburg and scored 44 goals in 131 appearances for the Club.
Everyone at St. James’ Park wishes Papiss all the best for the next stage of his career.
Papiss played 131 times for Newcastle with 44 goals in four and a half years and turned out to be a good signing for us and we wish Papiss all the very best in his new challenge.
And here’s the tweets put out by Newcastle earlier today with Papiss’ phenomenal goal at Chelsea, when we took them apart 2-0 in 2012 – the season we finished above them in the Premier League and in 5th place.
After that game we were on 65 points and one point behind 3rd paced Arsenal, but we lost our last two games against Manchester City and Everton.
Cisse scored in the 19th and 90th minutes – and this is the late goal that clinched all 3 points.
— Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) July 9, 2016
Rafa Benetiz will be allowing certain players to leave that do not fit in with his future plans and Cheick Tiote could also end up in China, but we are hoping Rafa keeps the combative midfielder at the club for the last year of his contract.
But we’ll have to wait and see if that happens.
Any transfer fees Rafa gets this summer from outgoing transfers can be reinvested in the squad.