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Mark Platt 30 December 2005

Djibril Cisse has emphatically denied rumours he's about to quit Anfield in the January transfer window by putting the record straight in an exclusive interview with Liverpoolfc.tv at Melwood.

To watch this interview in full, click here>>


Cisse, a scorer in the Reds' 3-1 win over Everton in midweek, was incensed by a story that appeared in a tabloid newspaper this morning, in which his brother claims a deal to join Marseille was 90% done.


The Reds number nine admits he's fed up with constant speculation about his future and that he doesn't even speak to the brother whose quotes have sparked this latest bout of gossip.


Cisse says: "There is no truth whatsoever in this story and I am really annoyed with my brother, who I have no contact with, for this. I cannot emphasise strongly enough how happy I am here at Liverpool.


"This is my club. I waited a long time to come here and I'm here to stay. The fans are amazing, my team-mates and manager are amazing, and it's just a fantastic club.


"I have had no contact with Marseille and the ongoing speculation about my future is boring. It has caused me a lot of problems but I won't let if affect me. My mind is focused only on doing my best for Liverpool. We have some tough games coming up and I am fully concentrated on them.


"To score in the derby was a special moment for me and one I will never forget. My confidence is high and I just want to continue playing well and scoring goals for this club. There is so much to look forward to here. We have a great team and we have a lot to play for in the second half of the season."



Mark Platt 30 December 2005

Rafael Benitez has quashed the latest press speculation linking Djibril Cisse with a January move away from Anfield by insisting the French striker is very much part of his plans.

Benitez laughed off morning reports that Cisse is on his way to Marseille and went on to explain that he's very happy with the form of the striker who netted Liverpool's final goal in the derby win over Everton on Wednesday.


"They (Marseille) are always talking but they don't talk with us," said the Reds boss. "There is no news and we don't want to sell Djib.


"He is a very important player for us who has shown the kind of attitude I like in players. He's a good finisher and against Everton I knew his pace would give us options."


Benitez then refused to be drawn on further rumours about incoming transfers but on the subject of signing a new centre-back he added: "We have four or five options with regard to bringing a new centre back in. Signing players in the January transfer window is more difficult than the one in August but we are trying our hardest."






Great news - we need him and hes starting to get the hang of what the boss wants



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If he can refine his game a little, and become the team player he is starting to show signs of being then it's great news. If he can't do that then Rafa will get rid eventually.



Spot on. Its all a question of whether he is willing to listen and learn. If the answer is yes, Benitez and his coaches will make a fantastic player out of him.

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Except for a few glimpses here and there the Everton match was the first sign I've seen of him actually fitting into the system and working hard for the team. He'll need to do that every time he gets the chance, not just when he can be bothered, and he might have a future here.

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