Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Cissokho wants Liverpool stay; Fraizer Campbell enjoyed time at Man Utd

Valencia CF left-back Aly Cissokho would be delighted to stay on Merseyside beyond the end of his current season-long loan deal.

Valencia CF left-back Aly Cissokho would be delighted to stay on Merseyside beyond the end of his current season-long loan deal, according to the Reds’ official website, Liverpoolfc.com.

Cissokho, 24, joined Valencia from French Ligue 1 giants Olympique Lyonnais for a reported fee of €5 million in August 2012.

The France international, who has featured in four consecutive English Premier League matches for the Reds, was viewed as surplus to requirements by Los Che manager Miroslav Đukić this summer.

With Jérémy Mathieu the clear-cut No. 1 left-back at the Mestalla, Cissokho could be allowed to sign a permanent deal with Liverpool in the summer, and the 24-year-old defender has revealed he would welcome such a move.

“It’s a great source of pride for me every day to be able to play with players like this and to represent a big club like Liverpool,” Cissokho told Liverpoolfc.com.

“It’s a source of pride for all the coaches I had as a youth player. Of course, I am very happy to be here and I hope to stay here.

“It’s a great city. We have a great training complex here, and we all have a lot placed at our disposal to get the best from each player, and that’s a good thing for me.”

Second-placed Liverpool will travel to Goodison Park to take on Merseyside rivals Everton when Premier League play resumes at the weekend.

Everton (15/8); Liverpool (11/8); Draw (12/5)

Fraizer Campbell enjoyed time at Man Utd

Former Manchester United striker Fraizer Campbell has revealed he does not regret his decision to leave Old Trafford ahead of Cardiff City’s clash against the English champions on Sunday.

Campbell, who joined Sunderland from United in a deal worth £5.5 million in 2009, has proven to be a bargain buy for Malky Mackay since arriving in Wales via Wearside for just  £650,000 in January.

The England international, 26, bagged seven goals in 10 league appearances in the Championship for the Bluebirds last term and scored a match-winning brace against Manchester City earlier this season.

Campbell insists it was difficult to leave United, but added that he had to be worth £25 million to get a first-team chance, with the likes of Carlos Tevez, Cristiano Ronaldo, Ruud van ­Nistelrooy and Wayne Rooney ahead of him in the pecking order.

“It was difficult to leave United. I’d been there since I was ten,” admitted Campbell.

“But I wanted to be playing.

“I have no regrets, though, because you have to be realistic.

“Ruud van ­Nistelrooy, Cristiano Ronaldo and Wayne Rooney were in front of me.

“Then they brought in Carlos Tevez. I had to be worth £25million to be playing in that team!

“I had a great time there. I didn’t play many games but it was nice to be part of the club.”

Cardiff are 2/1 to open the scoring against United on Sunday.


Shawn Etemadi



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