Cisse sad to miss out on Olympics
Senegal striker Papiss Cisse has admitted his disappointment at having to give up on his dreams of winning an Olympic medal.
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The 27-year-old was wanted by his country as one of their overage players for the football tournament, which they kicked off with a 1-1 draw against hosts Great Britain at Old Trafford on Thursday night.
However Newcastle, who lost the former Freiburg striker to the African Nations Cup in January and face the prospect of having to do without him again for the same tournament early next year, persuaded him not to go with manager Alan Pardew later admitting they could not afford to lose the player again.
Cisse 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.
"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."
Cisse was a major hit on Tyneside during the second half of last season following his £10million January capture.
He scored 13 times as the Magpies finished fifth in the Barclays Premier League to secure a return to European football.