Cisse bears Benitez grudge
By Patrick Haond
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Djibril Cisse has revealed he still holds a grudge against Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez.
Djibril Cisse has revealed he still holds a grudge against Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez.
France international Cisse is currently on loan at Marseille, with a view to joining the club permanently next summer.
The striker is still unhappy that Benitez played him out of position and questions whether he will ever forgive the Spanish tactician.
"I keep a fantastic memory of England, even if I still hold a grudge on the coach," Cisse told L'Equipe Magazine.
"I have still not swallowed it. Maybe I will never swallow it. I am still very upset.
"Liverpool remains the place where I have suffered the most as a footballer, above all during the last season.
"I scored 19 goals and I never played! The coach and myself were not compatible.
"On a psychological level, it was very hard because I restrained myself a lot. Don't do or say anything. Frankly, I am proud of that.
"Apart from that, I loved everything at Liverpool - the players, the people, the fans, everything was great. I miss all that a little."
Cisse returned to training with Marseille earlier this week, as he continues his recovery from a broken leg suffered while playing for France against China in a pre-World Cup friendly.