French striker Djibril Cisse has hit out at Sunderland after not being offered a permanent deal at the end of his season-long loan with the Black Cats.
The 28-year-old was expecting to remain on Wearside after the club avoided the threat of relegation, but has headed home to Marseille for the time being, awaiting other offers for his services.
Cisse told The Guardian: "I went into the final game thinking that I was going to be taken on. I had been told, when we are safe, we talk contracts.
"It's either a lie or a misunderstanding on my side, but I think I understand English well enough to understand what that sentence means.
"I am angry because I tried to talk to them in January about my future and the manager said 'Djib, you have to stop talking'. So I stopped talking.
"They said I had to wait until we are safe, so I wait until the last day to hear 'thank you, we are not going to take up the option.'
"Luckily, I have other opportunities, otherwise I would be stuck."