Ex-Liverpool striker Djibril Cisse: I turned down Real Madrid for Reds

The 33-year-old forward has revealed he could have joined the Spanish giants or Juventus, but opted for Anfield.

Former Liverpool striker Djibril Cisse is entering the final years of his career, with the journeyman forward’s time in English football not heralding the type of results that the French forward seemed capable of.

The now 33-year-old forward broke through at French side Auxerre and quickly sparked a scramble for his signing - which Liverpool won in 2004.

The Arles-born attacker has spoken out about his career in an interview with L’Equipe and has stated that both Real Madrid and Juventus were keen to sign him but he opted for a move to the Merseysiders instead.

“Three or four (clubs) including Juventus and Real Madrid in 2004,” Cisse stated when asked which of the big teams he could have joined.

“I remember a discussion with Zizou who spoke to me of the Real interest.

“But I have no regrets because I went to Liverpool and I won the Champions League. You go to Real, at twenty, with all its stars…

“You tell yourself that this is to be the successor the replacement for the replacement, it is not wise.”

Cisse was on Liverpool’s books for three years, scoring 13 Premier League goals in 49 appearances before being sold to Marseille.

The former France international returned to English football on two more occasions, with Sunderland and QPR, and left with relatively respectable goalscoring returns both times.

The striker is currently on the books of Corsican club Bastia, but his future remains unclear, while he amassed 41 caps for Les Bleus over almost a decade, scoring nine international goals.

Cisse’s career has been characterised by serious injuries, while he has had to move around clubs in a bid to receive regular first-team football.

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