Roy Keane reveals he signed former Liverpool star despite advice not to

Roy Keane was discussing the situation on The Overlap podcast.

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Back in 2004, Liverpool moved for Auxerre striker Djibril Cisse after he impressed in the top French division scoring 90 goals in 169 appearances in all competitions.

He joined Liverpool and went on to play 79 appearances for the club scoring 24 goals with his most important one coming in the 2006 FA Cup final which helped the club win the competition on penalties.

Cisse left Liverpool after three years joining Marseille but after one season he joined Sunderland on loan in the 2008/09 campaign whilst former Manchester United legend Roy Keane was in charge.

Keane has revealed what went on when he decided to make the signing all those years ago.

Roy Keane discusses Djibril Cisse signing at Sunderland

On The Overlap podcast which is hosted by Gary Neville Keane spoke about his time at The Black Cats when the group were discussing transfers.

He said: “I’ve made lots of phone calls and people will say, ‘He’s a good lad,’ or ‘I’m not sure.’

“I remember when I tried to get Djibril Cisse and everyone said to me that he wasn’t a great lad, but I took a chance, and he was one of the best lads I’ve ever come across.

“You honestly don’t know a player until he’s walked into the building.”

Cisse played 35 games in the Premier League for Sunderland scoring ten goals and he was full of praise for Keane back in 2020.

Speaking to FourFourTwo the former French international said: “Oh, I love the guy.

“Marseille had spent some money on new players by then, so when my agent contacted me and said Roy Keane would like me to join Sunderland on loan, I considered it.

“I wasn’t getting enough match time at Marseille, so I thought: ‘Why not?’ Roy was brilliant. I was never nervous around him.

“We have a lot in common and both take football very seriously I never forgot how important any club was.

“Roy was always very straight with me and got the best out of me. I remember one game: at half time we came in and I hadn’t played great; not that bad, but I hadn’t been myself. Roy walked in and went for me.

“Oh my god, he was screaming at me — really crazy, loud. It took me back 15 years when Guy Roux used to shout at me as a kid. I realized what Roy was doing. Like Guy, he was trying to get me going.

“So, I lifted my head up and smiled. I smiled, knowing what he was doing.”

Cisse was still playing as recently as 2021 for Panathinaikos Chicago who are a Greek-American club based in Chicago.

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