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I'm hooked on fishing, says Cisse

Djibril Cisse
Cisse is a keen fly fisherman and hopes to indulge in the pastime

Sunderland striker Djibril Cisse believes his favourite pastime of fishing will help him settle during his season-long loan from Marseille.

Cisse, 27, has already planned a trip with fellow angling enthusiast Grant Leadbitter and believes the relaxation aspect of the sport will be beneficial.

"I made mistakes in the past and now I'm here I want to be 100% on my football," he told BBC Radio Newcastle.

"I'm quiet, I like quiet stuff and it's good to be with people like Grant."

The French international has enjoyed a bright start to his Sunderland career, scoring a debut winner against Tottenham, and has two strikes to his name overall in seven appearances.

After an injury-hit spell back in his home country with Marseille, Cisse is happy to be back playing in the Premier League, and enjoying his football.

"It's one of the best leagues in the world and I'm really proud to be here," he said.

"We played against Van Persie and Adebayor against Arsenal this weekend, and in two weeks time we play against Michael Owen and Newcastle.

"It's good to play against the best players in the world and Europe."

see also
Sunderland 1-1 Arsenal
04 Oct 08 |  Premier League
Cisse will get better, says Diouf
29 Sep 08 |  Sunderland
Interview: Djibril Cisse
20 Sep 08 |  Football Focus

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