Former Liverpool and QPR striker Djibril Cisse keen on MLS move

Djibril Cisse

The ex-France international is putting off his retirement plans to explore options for next season.

Ex-Liverpool striker Djibril Cisse has told France Football that he would be interested in following former teammate Steven Gerrard to MLS this summer.

Cisse, 33, announced earlier this season that he planned to retire at the end of Ligue 1 campaign, having been suffering with a debilitating hip problem which has forced him to take pain-killing injections to be able to take to the pitch.

However, despite making just seven substitute appearances for Bastia in the league this term, the former France international has since had a change of heart and stressed that he is determined to prolong his career.

His contract with Bastia is set to expire on June 30 but he is now weighing up options across the globe, with the States standing out as one of the more attractive destinations.

"As long as I can play, enjoy it, contribute my experience, help the youngsters and the older players, I'm happy," said Cisse, who also had spells in England with Sunderland and Queens Park Rangers.

"Clubs still think of me. There are a lot of offers from the USA. India too. I have two or three things in Poland and some things which are a little funky, but the USA would be cool."

In the meantime, Cisse has also been working with an osteopath and mental coach in a bid to get over his recent fitness struggles.

Speaking to Le Figaro last month, the 2004-05 Champions League winner said: “I don't want to have to stop or be told I have to stop because of an injury. It's up to me to decide.

“I will continue. I love this too much. I'll only stop if it breaks completely. It would be beautiful if it went when I was hitting a great volley, wouldn't it? At least it would go spectacularly.

"The doctors told me my career was over. The X-rays and the scans weren't good, but it was up to me to judge what was happening in my body. So, I didn't give up."

Given his age and fitness issues, it is somewhat surprising to hear that Cisse could have MLS offers on the table but, if he is prepared to accept a cut-price deal, then someone might well be willing to take a punt on him based on his past goalscoring reputation.

He is still a high-profile name after all and, when it comes to attracting stateside interest, that carries a lot of weight.

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