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Senegal forward puts club over country

HERO: Papiss Demba Cisse celebrates scoring his first goal for Newcastle United

PAPISS DEMBA Cisse has expressed his disappointment at being asked to miss the Olympic Games by manager, Alan Pardew.

As an over-23 player, Newcastle manager, Pardew wasn’t obliged to let Cisse travel with the Senegal team to London 2012.

He told the Evening Chronicle: "It was difficult. I wanted to play, but I had a discussion with the manager as soon as I got back.

"I wanted to play for my country, as representing Senegal 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."

The 27-year-old striker was an instant hero at St. James Park after joining in January. He scored 13 goals in 14 Premier League games, including a spectacular volley against Chelsea.

He continued: "God willing, I will score a lot more goals this season. I scored 30 goals last season, but I don't set targets for the next season. Maybe I will score 30 again - I don't know."

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