Papiss Cisse claims to be unsure where he will be once the summer transfer window closes on Tuesday.
When asked whether he will still be at St James Park, the Newcastle striker told journalists ‘I don’t know, I don’t like to speak about it’.
Cisse claims to work hard in training and wonders if he has ‘done something wrong’ after being left out both matches against Manchester United and Arsenal.
Newcastle obviously haven’t paid out the money on Mitrovic to then leave him on the bench and there doesn’t appear to be room for both strikers to play together, judging by the way Steve McClaren has set his team up so far.
Plus, when Papiss Cisse has been at his most effective for Newcastle, he has always been playing as far up the pitch as possible, which once again, tells you playing him with the Serbian striker is a waste of time.
The United player’s agent has also said over the weekend that Cisse needs regular football at this stage of his career.
As always rumours circulate of clubs interested in buying him, with China, Russia and Turkey usually named as the most likely destinations.
With Mitrovic suspended for the next three games, many fans would probably think that makes selling Papiss Cisse far less likely.
Personally, I think, rightly or wrongly, Mike Ashley would flog him in a heartbeat. One of his top earners now turned 30 and not one of the first eleven…if the right offer comes in then I reckon the deal will happen.
Papiss Cisse asked about where he’ll be after the transfer deadline closes:
“Seriously, I don’t know, I don’t like to speak about it – sorry guys.”
“I always want to play and I’m always ready to play. If the manager gives me the chance to play, I will play. I work very hard on the training pitch but I don’t know if I’ve done something wrong.”
Maybe one day:
“The decision is for the gaffer to make and I accept that but it is very hard for me.
“After the Manchester United game (Mitrovic started ahead of Cisse) I thought, ‘That is it, that’s football’ and I keep going and work hard and maybe one day I’ll have my chance to come back into the team.”
Not the first time:
“It is not the first time this has happened – two years ago and also earlier this year.
“I don’t know, maybe one day here, or away, I will have my chance to play football again.”