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Former Liverpool Striker Djibril Cisse Wants To Come Out Of Retirement Aged 38

Former Liverpool Striker Djibril Cisse Wants To Come Out Of Retirement Aged 38

Former Liverpool striker Djibril Cisse wants to come out of retirement so he can reach a century of Ligue One goals.

Cisse turned out for Auxerre, Marseille and Bastia in the French top-tier and hit 96 goals.

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He's retired from football on two separate occasions but still feels he has unfinished business at the ripe old age of 38 - and is even willing to play for free as long as he reached the big 100.

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"I'm a goal scorer and I'm a man of numbers. I love to score goals and I'm on 96 goals in the French league," he told Sky Sports.

"I need four more goals and I need to do it before I die.

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"It's something that I keep thinking about. People say, 'Djib, you had a good career and you won a lot of titles' but for me something is missing.

"For me it's annoying, it's really annoying and I think now is the right time to try and do it."

Cisse's most recent clubs have been third division Swiss side Yverdon and A.C. Vicenza 1902 of Italy's Serie D, while the well-travelled forward also ditched football for the DJ decks at one point.

He knows that he won't be a regular starter if he does achieve his desired return to football but says money is not his motivation; it's competing a personal milestone.

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Image: PA

"Yes, it's come to that point," Cisse added, when asked if he would play for free.

"It's not a matter of earning money, it's a personal dream and it's something I have to do to be 100 percent satisfied with my football career.

"I have not had any offers yet but I think that's normal. The teams are focused more on their main players.

"Let's be honest, everybody knows I'm not going to be a part of the starting XI. It's only like an extra for the team and for the crowd - that's the way you need to see it, like a bonus.

"The president of a potential club will give me the opportunity to achieve my dream and I will pay them back, and the club is going to be happy."

As well as his stint in Liverpool where he won the Champions League and FA Cup, Cisse also played for Sunderland and QPR in the Premier League.

Topics: Liverpool, Marseille, Football News, Football, France

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