DJIBRIL CISSE EXCLUSIVE: I'm no fashion victim - Sunderland have nothing to fear
28 March 2009 12:54
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Colin Young ventures into the haute couture, heavily tattooed world of Sunderland's Djibril Cisse and finds a striker with designs on success.
To my knowledge, Sportsmail has not yet requested an interview with The Pope via The Vatican press office. But if we do, it will probably be easier than gaining access to Djibril Cisse in his Newcastle shop.
We first met a month ago, just before Cisse's return to Anfield with Sunderland, a night which was to end in frustration for the striker with a start on the bench and yet another gallant defeat for Ricky Sbragia's team. He had coloured his famous Mohican red to mark the event.
It was not a patch on the emotional return he made a year ago with Marseille when he received a hero's welcome from a Liverpool crowd who fondly remember his contribution to their Champions League win in Istanbul. He scored one of the penalties to beat Milan.
'All the squad who played belong to the club for ever,' he said. 'My time at Liverpool is the best souvenir of my career because of the Champions League, the FA Cup, the European Super Cup and because of the bad things that happened to me.'
He is referring to two broken legs and ultimate rejection by Rafael Benitez. It is as animated as he becomes during our first meeting but he remains engaging company throughout. If he does not like the question, he casts it aside with a shrug. When we discuss the prickly subject of his Sunderland future, he is keen to put his point across. But more of that later.