Ex-Liverpool flop on the move yet again - to boost World Cup chances

France Football

Former Liverpool striker Djibril Cisse is leaving Russia after just six months - in a bid to play for France at the 2014 World Cup.

Cisse, now 32, recently moved to Kuban Krasnodar from Queens Park Rangers, after a disappointing loan spell with Qatari side Al-Gharafa. It's not particularly a surprise to see him on the move yet again - since leaving Liverpool in 2007, Cisse has featured for Marseille, Sunderland, Panathinaikos, Lazio, QPR, Al-Gharafa and now Kuban in Russia.

His nomadic nature has taken him out of contention for the French national team, with Cisse's last cap coming in 2011, whilst his last goal for Les Blues came all the way back in 2005. With the 2014 World Cup fast approaching, Cisse has now decided to move back to France in order to catch the attention of France boss Didier Deschamps.

Montpellier have recently been linked with a move for the nomadic striker, but their impending capture of AC Milan forward M'Baye Niang on loan until the end of the season now means that fellow Ligue 1 side Bastia are leading the chase for Cisse, with reports suggesting a deal is "a matter of hours away".

Cisse hasn't been prolific in recent years, and has failed to hit double figures in goals since the 2010-11 season with Panithinaikos, scoring just 24 goals since signing for Lazio before moving on to three other clubs. Journeyman Cisse will now need a sensational second half of the season to play his way back into contention, but that hasn't deterred the former Auxerre star.

"I want to try to get a ticket for Brazil," he told L'Equipe. "I know what I have to do and that means not speaking with Deschamps but proving it on the field. I know it is necessary to play in a major league. I was in Russia but I want a harder level of demand as a professional so I am going back to France."

With other frontmen such as Olivier Giroud and Karim Benzema playing regularly at a high level for Arsenal and Real Madrid, it will be incredibly difficult for Cisse to even contend with them, whilst Newcastle's Loic Remy and Marseille's Andre-Pierre Gignac are surely also ahead of Cisse in the pecking order as the ex-Sunderland loanee makes one bold, final bid to achieve international success.

 

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