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Djibril Cissé reveals he turned down Real Madrid in 2002 for Liverpool

Speaking to RMC, Djibril Cissé reveals that he turned down Real Madrid for Liverpool in 2002.

“In my final year at Auxerre, I had already signed a pre-contract with Liverpool. And in 2002, during the Japan & South Korea World Cup, I get settled in my room with Sylvain (Wiltord). I am in my room all alone at this point, and I hear a knock on the door. It is Zizou (Zidane) and I am like “oh no, what have I done, I am 20, I have only just arrived, why me.” He says sit down I need to speak with you. Zizou says that at Real Madrid we are interested in you, that we want you to come and play for us. I look at him, I say honestly, I don’t know how to say no to you, but I have already signed a pre-contract… and even in training (at Real Madrid) I wouldn’t be good enough to be in the squad, look who was playing then. I thought it was impossible if I joined Real Madrid, I would stop my progress. Van Nistelrooy was still there. I didn’t think it was the right club for me. I signed for Liverpool. People speculated a lot and said I could have joined a better club.”


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