Cisse happy with Newcastle despite missing Olympic dream

DOUBT ... Papiss Demba Cisse is a slight doubt to face Spurs.
DOUBT ... Papiss Demba Cisse is a slight doubt to face Spurs.

PAPISS Demba Cisse’s taken Alan Pardew’s decision to block his Olympic dream on the chin.

And the star striker is ready to come out fighting for Newcastle United.

Pardew made the difficult decision to stop him playing for Senegal in the tournament.

Cisse wanted to represent his country in the Olympics, but Pardew, mindful of the dangers of burnout given the amount of football he has played for club and country over the past 12 months, felt the 27-year-old needed a rest ahead of the new season.

And Cisse - who could face Olympiakos at the Algarve Stadium, Portugal, tonight (kick-off 8.45pm) - has put his faith in Pardew’s judgment.

“It was a difficult decision,” Cisse said.

“I wanted to play, but I had a discussion with the manager as soon as I got back to Newcastle.

“I wanted to play for Senegal - representing my country is very important to me - but the manager said it was best that I rested.

“He said it was better for me and I understood his decision.”

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