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Aug 27, 2013

Papiss Cisse: Toon future 'exciting'

Newcastle striker Papiss Cisse has said the club has an exciting future ahead of them but they must pull together as a team if they are to realise it.

Papiss Cisse is set to lead the lead for Newcastle's opening match at Manchester City on August 19.
Papiss Cisse scored eight Premier League goals in 2012-13.

Alan Pardew's side are yet to score in the Premier League this season, and have only one point to show from two games, but Cisse remains confident of their chances.

"The future is exciting. But all I want is to play more as a team," he told the Evening Chronicle. "Whether I play with Shola Ameobi or Yoan Gouffran, they are all good players. If we play as a team we are going to have an exciting team to watch."

The striker has also looked to strike a bond with fans in a unique and surprising way, after hosting a select group for a barbecue at his home in Ponteland.

Organising a pool competition and offering shooting tips as well as signed shirts to his guests, Cisse provided a level of access not normally afforded to fans of a Premier League football club. Now keen to re-engage with the fans ahead of the new season, Cisse stressed their importance, as well as admitting he had missed them during the summer.

"I always prefer to be at home when I am not training or playing," he told the Evening Chronicle. "I don’t want to be moving around. I prefer to be settled so I can prepare after training. For me I like to go home and chill or work out in my gym. I feel like I am living the normal life and I don’t want my life to be extravagant. I need to do what is required for me to do well for Newcastle. I wanted to spend more time with my fans. They are very important to me.

"I have missed them over the summer so I wanted to see them again at the start of the season. It is a gift for them at the start of the season."

The African star has always had a good rapport with his fans and says he has always kept in touch with the fans he meets.

Cisse has enjoyed a successful rapport with the fans since his January 2012 move from the Bundesliga. In particular his relationship with young Cory Davison -- who had recently undergone intensive chemotherapy when the pair first met -- has shown the bond Cisse is keen to forge with those who support him.

"At the beginning I met Sam and Jack and Cory as well. They are all special to me," he said. "They have already wished me good luck for the new season so now I’m going to try to make them happy. They like what I do on the pitch. For me it is an obligation, a duty if you like. To me when I pull on the shirt it is for the fans. When I first came here I didn’t realise so many kids and so many fans would feel the way they do about me. Now my duty is to make them happy for as long as I can do it."

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