Manchester City might have plenty of cash to splash out with in the January transfer market but manager Sven-Goran Eriksson is gradually realising that money doesn’t always buy you the players that he want. Just ask Olympique Marseille president Pape Doiuf, who has rejected a bid from the Premier League side for Djibril Cisse.
ESPN Soccernet reports that Diouf has asked City to look elsewhere for a striker since Cisse is not available for sale at present. He said:
”He is wanted, that is for sure. I myself have been approached by Manchester City (about Cisse) but I turned it down categorically. I want to be clear – Djibril Cisse will not leave. He will stay at OM until the end of the season.
”I have never doubted his abilities, his qualities. He got through difficulties last year and I have no doubt that he will get out of them again this season. With everything that he has had to endure, read, see and hear, I understand that it piles the pressure on him to leave, having been contacted by an English club that is among the leading teams in their league. But when he and myself discussed this, he understood my position – he understood that I will not let him leave and he has no problem with me.”
Cisse has started just two matches in French Ligue 1 for Marseille this season and has been replaced by Mamadou Niang as the main starting striker. But a lifeline could have just opened for Cisse with the African Nations’ Cup as Niang has flown out to play for Senegal in the competition. That should guarantee Cisse some healthy first-team football for the time being at least.
As for Man City, their search for a striker continues. Sven-Goran Erikkson is doing all he can to recruit a decent top class striker from mainland Europe with his charm and reputation but it appears that Marseille are not one for the taking.