Former £14m Liverpool striker told he will stay in Russia until next summer

Djibril Cisse, also formerly of Sunderland and QPR, has been told to expect a stay with Kuban Krasnodar until 2014.

One player who in the last ten years simply has not lived up to his potential has to be former Liverpool, Sunderland and QPR striker Djibril Cisse.

Fast, strong and ruthless in front of goal - when he came to the fore at AJ Auxerre he did so as a hot talent, envied across the world.

In the end it was Liverpool who won the race for his signature - for a cool sum of £14 million back in 2004.

Since then his career has been a whirlwind of injury turmoil, on and off field controversy and various different clubs - and of course hairstyles.

Stints at Marseille, Sunderland, Panathinaikos, Lazio, QPR and Al-Gharafa have all carried there varying limits of success since he departed Anfield six years ago.

Now he is in Russia with Kuban Krasnodar, but until recently it looked as though that was also coming to an end.

His one-year deal with the Russian outfit was rumoured to be potentially under threat of termination, as reports suggest the player and the club were not happy with the current arrangement.

At which point we assume he would have joined a struggling Premier League outfit.

Indeed it seemed he was at least set to leave in January, after scoring just four goals in his 15 appearances for the club, including one from the penalty spot against Swansea City in the Europa League earlier this month.

But the new manager at the club, former BATE Borisov boss Victor Goncharenko, dubbed the ‘The Butcher of Bayern’ for being one of only a handful of managers to beat the magnificent Bayern Munich team of last season, is said to be keen on giving Cisse a chance - and that means he will be going nowhere until next summer.

This might not please him according to some reports. He has been involved with angry confrontations with fans on Twitter in recent weeks, who do not believe he is pulling his weight in the team.

And after another disappointing result for the club, going out of the cup to third tier outfit Zvedza Ryazan on penalties, the fans are incredulous once again.

But if they want Cisse out, they are going to be disappointed.

Which Premier League club might Cisse end up with in 2014?

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