Thursday 21 June 2018

Cisse vows to respect Newcastle No 9 shirt

NEWCASTLE have signed Senegalese striker Papiss Demba Cisse from Freiburg on a five-and-a-half-year deal for a fee believed to be around £10m.

The Premier League club last night confirmed a deal for the 26-year-old, who is an international team-mate of new Magpies strike partner Demba Ba.

Cisse (pictured below) has nine Bundesliga goals to his name so far this season and scored for his country in their 1-0 victory over Kenya in a warm-up game for the African Nations Cup, which starts on Saturday.

Cisse will wear the famous number nine shirt on Tyneside.

"I would like to thank everybody for their welcome, and for inviting me to sign for the club," he said. "It is an honour to play for such a big club and I am looking forward to it. I want to pay back the confidence the club have shown in me, and give the supporters something to be proud of.

"I am aware of the huge importance of the number nine shirt, and when I spoke with the manager he made it very clear how important this shirt is.

"I will treat it with respect and I hope to do my very best."

Magpies boss Alan Pardew said: "Ever since Andy Carroll left, Papiss was my first choice in the specific role he has at the end of the play. He is a finisher with an already-established CV in the Bundesliga, where we have monitored him for two years.

"Unfortunately, he was out of reach, financially, for us in the summer, but it recently became apparent that Derek Llambias (managing director) and Lee Charnley (club secretary) could do the deal in this window.

"It has become obvious this season that the team and the club have done exceptionally well, and (owner) Mike Ashley has backed me to bring this player to the club.

"I would like to thank Mike, Derek and everyone involved for getting this deal over the line.

"The competition he will bring to our squad when he joins up should inspire the players and reassure them of this club's ambition."

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