Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Angry Ciss Hits out at Cats; Angry Striker Hits out at Cats

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Angry Ciss Hits out at Cats; Angry Striker Hits out at Cats

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DJIBRIL Ciss has lashed out at Sunderland because of their decision not to sign him permanently from Olympique Marseille after last season's loan deal, writes LUKE EDWARDS.

Ciss began life with the Black Cats in excellent fashion, but lost his way when Roy Keane left and appeared to find it difficult to play in a strike partnership with Kenwyne Jones.

With rumours of dressing room rifts also involving the colourful France international, Sunderland neglected to take up the option of a permanent move and Ciss was sent back to Marseille.

The former Liverpool striker is clearly bitter about the way he was treated and suggested he had been lied to by the Sunderland board who had intimated he would be given a contract if the club avoided relegation.

He said: "I went into the final game thinking that I was going to be taken on. Because I had been told, when we are safe, we talk contracts.

It's either a lie or a misunderstanding on my side, but I think I understand English well enough to understand what that sentence means.

"I am angry because I tried to talk to them in January about my future and the manager [Ricky Sbragia] said: 'Djib, you have to stop talking'. So I stopped talking. The chairman to stay in the Premier League and try to be regulars in the Premier League, you're going to have to pay more than pounds 10m for strikers. "I am just waiting to see who they buy. Are they going to find a pounds 6m striker or are they going to buy a pounds 12-pounds 15m striker? "If I had the chance to come back to another English club, I'd have to face Sunderland and it would be up to me to make them regret their decision. "Sometimes you have to be strong and show the people that they made a big mistake. Obviously, what I did this season wasn't good enough for Ricky and Niall so we will see next season."

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