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Last Updated: Tuesday, 8 January 2008, 14:16 GMT
Man City's Cisse move turned down
Marseille striker Djibril Cisse
Cisse has struggled to make an impact with Marseille this season
Marseille president Pape Diouf says the club has turned down an approach from Manchester City for ex-Liverpool striker Djibril Cisse.

Cisse cost Liverpool 14m when they signed him from Auxerre in July 2004.

He spent the 2005-06 season on loan at Marseille before joining the club on a permanent basis last summer.

"He is wanted, that is for sure," said Diouf. "I myself have been approached by Manchester City (about Cisse) but I turned it down categorically."

The 26-year-old has been linked with a return to the Premier League after failing to secure a regular starting role with the French club this season.

Cisse has played second fiddle to Mamadou Niang up front this campaign and has scored just two goals in Ligue 1.

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But with Senegal forward Niang having left for the African Nations Cup, Marseille are keen to keep him.

"I want to be clear - Djibril Cisse will not leave," said Diouf. He will stay until the end of the season.

"I have always wanted to rediscover the Djibril that we signed, the efficient Djibril.

"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."



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