Reports today suggest that the QPR striker is on his way back to France.
It was strongly believed that Cisse would sign a permanent deal with Qatari side Al-Gharafa, after impressing during a loan spell for the second half of last season. But French newspaper L’Equipe believes the 31-year-old is destined for a return to Ligue 1.
The report also states that the French forward will take a considerable pay-cut to allow the move to go through. Now all that remains is for Montpellier and QPR to agree a fee for a player whose contract has just one year remaining.
Cisse’s loan deal with Al-Gharafa officially runs until 30 June, after which point he will be free to return to his homeland.
Manager Harry Redknapp has long-since been resigned to losing Cisse this summer, if losing is the right word for a player who has failed to live up to his inflated reputation during his time at Loftus Road.
Back in April, the player hinted that a return to France was on the cards during an interview with France Football.
“Given how it has gone for them from a sporting viewpoint, (a return to QPR) does seem complicated,” he said.
Speaking of a possible return to Marseille he said, “It would be a dream to go back, or play for any club which can make me shine.”
It seems that club is Montpellier. And for a player who hasn’t yet given up hope of making the France squad for the next World Cup, Cisse will hope he can well and truly shine, having dimmed somewhat in recent times.
Will QPR fans be sad to see Cisse go? And what are your abiding memories of the player?
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