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Last Updated: Wednesday, 12 July 2006, 13:40 GMT 14:40 UK
Marseille seal Cisse loan signing
Djibril Cisse
Cisse's time at Liverpool has been blighted by injury
Marseille have confirmed that Liverpool striker Djibril Cisse has joined them on a season-long loan, with an option to make the deal permanent.

The 24-year-old striker claimed earlier this month that he was told by Liverpool his services were no longer required at Anfield.

"My choice has always been Marseille," said the Frenchman.

Cisse is recovering from a broken right leg he sustained playing for France against China prior to the World Cup.

The Frenchman, who missed the majority of the 2004/2005 season after breaking his left leg, is unlikely to start playing again until October.

Liverpool signed Cisse from Auxerre for a record club transfer fee of 14m in July 2004.

Reds boss Rafael Benitez said: "We have an agreement for a season loan with Marseille for Cisse.

"It is the best option for him, because after two broken legs maybe it will be more difficult for him now in the English league.

"Now we have (Peter) Crouch, (Robbie) Fowler and Bellamy and that would have made it difficult for him to get matches to regain his fitness levels.

"We wanted more pace, a different sort of striker who would score a different type of goal. Bellamy will give us that.

"Cisse played a lot of games and I am not the kind of manager who does not use players bought by previous managers.

"I use the best for my team, and I used Cisse when I wanted pace, but I wanted something different to take us forward."

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