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Tight-lipped Cisse looks to England as Euro consolation

SoccerNews in Ligue 1 28 May 2008

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French international striker Djibril Cisse could be returning to English football according to his agent on Wednesday as the Marseille star came to terms with being left out of the France squad for Euro 2008.

The 26-year-old faced his third successive heartbreak in making a squad for a major finals after missing Euro 2004 because of being involved in a punch up in a club match and the 2006 World Cup after breaking his leg in a warm-up match with China.

This time coach Raymond Domenech decided to prefer youngster Bafetimbi Gomis to him, after Gomis replaced him at half-time of the friendly with Ecuador on Tuesday and scored both their goals in the 2-0 win – it didn't help that Cisse was also booed by the French crowd.

However, Ranko Stojic, his agent, said that Cisse, who won the Champions League with Liverpool in 2005, said his client would not be commenting on his exclusion for the moment and wished to remain positive.

“I spoke with him, and he did not want to comment for the moment,” Stojic said.

“That is not going to upset him, he wants to rest up after a busy season.”

Stojic also confirmed that Cisse was in contact with several English Premiership clubs – Bolton and Manchester City are believed to be interested – but that he would respect Marseille, for whom he scored 15 goals last term.

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