Djibril Cisse has signed for Russian side FC Kuban Krasnodar, less than a week after he brought an end to his troubled stay at Queens Park Rangers.
QPR boss Harry Redknapp made little secret of his disappointment with Cisse’s attitude and form after he took over from Mark Hughes at the Loftus Road club last season, so it was no surprise when the 31-year-old left the west London club ‘by mutual consent'.
Cisse’s latest employers are convinced the former Liverpool striker has the ambition to thrive in the lucrative Russian league, with the club’s sporting director Sergey Doronchenko confident the signing is not a gamble as the striker is determined to push his claims for a return to the France national team ahead of next summer’s World Cup finals.
“Cisse is not only a big name for FC Kuban, but he has ambitions this season,” Doronchenko said on the club's official website. “He wants to get back into the French national side with FC Kuban.
“Cisse needs no introduction, but it’s not just his name he brings to Kuban. He is full of ambition and plans for this season.”
Cisse was sent off twice in his first five games for QPR after signing from Lazio for £4 million in January 2012, and spent the second half of last season on loan with Qatari club Al Gharafa.