Former striker Papiss Cisse has revealed he turned down a BIG move before joining Newcastle for £10m – from German side SC Freiburg.
In an interview with Senegalese TV channel 2sTV – relayed by LIGABlatt – the 35 year-old confirmed he could’ve signed for European giants Bayern Munich.
Here’s what he had to say, revealing how he rejected their offer after realising he would’ve missed out on that year’s African Cup of Nations had he agreed to the move:
“I had an offer from them (Bayern), the discussions were very good.
“But shortly before the transfer was (expected to be) completed, they told me that the move would only work if I didn’t participate in the African Cup of Nations with Senegal.
“I chose Senegal and rejected Bayern Munich,”
It’s no real surprise that Bayern showed interest at the time, with their very own Mario Gomez the only Bundesliga player to better Cisse’s 22 goals across 2010/11.
Cisse – who recently signed for Turkish giants Fenerbahce – played a total of 131 games for Newcastle, scoring 44 goals and registering 10 assists.
Proving to be a key player in his first 6 months at the club, Cisse scored 13 goals in 14 games – most notably that incredible goal away to Chelsea.
His partnership with fellow Senegalese forward Demba Ba will always be remembered by fans – finishing 5th in the league (one win away from Champions League football).