ALAN Pardew has insisted he had to pull Papiss Demba Cisse out of the Olympics - to save the striker from burnout.
Senegal’s football federation wanted to name Cisse in its squad for the Olympic football tournament.
But Pardew blocked Cisse’s call-up as one of the country’s over-age players.
And Cisse will instead join up with his club team-mates during their 10-day tour of Germany after several weeks rest after his involvement in Senegal’s summer internationals.
Pardew admits Cisse will be “disappointed” at the move.
However, he insists it is for his own good, such are the demands that club and international football have placed on 27-year-old, who lit up the Premier League with a series of stunning goals after his January move from Freiburg.
“Papiss, we think, will be in Germany,” Pardew told SportMail. “He’s probably very disappointed, but we’ve got to protect this player.
“This is a player who had World Cup qualifiers at the start of last season, half a season in the Bundesliga, then a big more to the Premier League, an African Nations Cup and half a season in the Premier League.
“He had World Cup qualifiers, and then they want the Olympics, a full season in the Premier League, an African Nations Cup and World Cup qualifiers again.
“Physically, it’s not possible. We had to save him.
“Not allowing him wasn’t a decision made selfishly for the football club, which I’ve seen reported, but made for the safety of the player.
“We pay his wages and have to insure him. We have to protect him.
“That’s where that’s come from, and I think Papiss will come back slightly disappointed, but in the long run, I think it’s the best thing for him.”
Pardew will speak to Cisse face to face to explain his stance when he joins up with Newcastle’s squad, which was flying to Germany later today ahead of tomorrow’s opening friendly against Chemnitzer.
“That’s the reason – I’ve made it quite clear to his people, and his federation,” added Pardew.
“His safety has become paramount.”