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Cisse keen for centre-forward role next season
PAPISS CISSE has urged Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew to play him as a centre-forward next season after admitting that last season’s right-wing role did not play to his strengths.
However, the Senegal international will not be teaming up with Loic Remy next term after Magpies officials turned down the opportunity to conduct talks with the Frenchman, who turned his back on a move to Tyneside in order to join QPR in January.
Having made an instant impact in the four months that followed a £9m move from Freiburg, Cisse struggled to recapture his best form as Newcastle battled against relegation for the majority of last season.
There was a mitigating factor, however, as Cisse was shuffled to the wing in order to accommodate Demba Ba for much of the first half of the campaign, a ploy the 28-year-old does not want to see repeated next season.
“I hope to play in my best position as much as I can,” said Cisse. “My best position is striker. I had never played right wing in my life. It was my first time at Newcastle, but it was okay because I was doing it for the team.
“It was difficult last year because we were fighting not to go down. The year before, all of the players enjoyed the games and couldn't wait for the next one.
“We tried our best, but we hopefully will have all of our players back, not too many injuries. We have a good squad. I enjoy playing for this team. Next season, we will challenge.”
Newcastle’s ability to challenge for a top-half spot last season was compromised when Remy opted to move to Loftus Road rather than the North-East.
QPR’s relegation means they are desperately trying to offload the France international, who is understood to have a £5m relegation clause in his contract.
However, the Newcastle hierarchy remain furious at the way in which Remy left them high and dry at the turn of the year, and have informed their counterparts at QPR they have no desire to enter into a new round of talks.
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