Benitez fall-out means Cisse will quit Liverpool

May 28, 2006

CLAIREFONTAINE, France, May 28 (Reuters) - France forward Djibril Cisse says he will almost certainly leave Liverpool because he does not get on with coach Rafael Benitez.

'It will be very difficult for me to stay,' Cisse told reporters on Sunday at France's pre-World Cup training camp outside Paris.

'I've experienced a very difficult season and I don't want to go through another one.

'It's a pity because I love Liverpool and I feel at home there but apparently the coach doesn't like me.'

The 24-year-old, who joined Liverpool from Auxerre in 2004, said the most likely option was a return to France and named Olympique Marseille, Olympique Lyon and Paris St Germain as possible destinations.

'Marseille is the club closest to my heart but there is also Lyon and Paris,' said Cisse, who was born near Marseille.

Cisse said he hoped his future could be clarified before the World Cup finals in Germany start on June 9.

Meanwhile, Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez is considering an approach for coach Eduardo Macia, who has rejected a new contract at Valencia.

Benitez will this summer lose Paco Herrera, who was reserve coach and chief scout at Anfield, as he plans to return to Spain for family reasons.

Benitez, who had Macia on his coaching staff at Valencia until joining Liverpool in 2004, is seeking a replacement for Herrera and said: 'We have a number of options and he is one.'

Liverpool are in the process of selling striker Fernando Morientes to the Spanish club, with only a medical standing in the way of that deal being completed, however Benitez stressed it was by no means certain Macia would head in the opposite direction.

Benitez said: 'Paco is working with us until July 1 and we won't be making an appointment until after this. It's too early to say who'll be replacing him.'