39-year-old hints at shocking Sunderland return
Djibril Cissé has hinted that he would be open to the prospect of a return to Sunderland next season, should the opportunity arise.
The former France international spent the 2008/09 season on loan with the Marseille Black Cats and scored ten goals in 35 league appearances, as Sunderland finished 16th in the Premier League table.
Earlier this year, it was announced that Cisse had returned to the game after an absence of almost three years, signing for the US fourth division team Panathinaikos Chicago.
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However, it looks like Cisse is also not willing to rule out a return to the stage of light in the near future.
Participating in a social media exchange with a group of Sunderland fans, Cisse confirmed that he believes he is able to compete for another year and that if the Black Cats want him, then he “will be there.”
Sunderland will be aiming for promotion to the league again next season, following the play-off loss to League One last season.
The Black Cats have so far made three signings during the current transfer window. Midfielders Corry Evans and Alex Pritchard have signed for good after being released from Blackburn and Huddersfield respectively, while defender Callum Doyle has joined Manchester City on a one-season loan.
It would be something if Cisse were to make a return to Sunderland.
It has obviously been a long time since Cissé played at a professional level, so despite his confidence, there is no guarantee that he would be able to regain the pace required for a promotion push in Ligue 1.
Indeed, at his age most players in his position would think about retirement and given that he has had to suffer serious injuries in the past, you wonder if that would be a sensible move for him, given that it can be lightly playing to the crowd here.
If, however, he can rediscover the form he showed in his prime, there is no doubt that Cisse would still be a useful asset for Sunderland next season, even if that seems like a pretty big “if”.