Papiss Cissé leaves NUFC to join Chinese club

Cisse leaves the club after four-and-a-half years. Picture: Press Association.
Cisse leaves the club after four-and-a-half years. Picture: Press Association.

A Newcastle United striker is leaving the club for overseas, it has been revealed today.

Papiss Cisse has left Newcastle United to join Shandong Luneng, the club has confirmed.

The 31-year-old striker has signed for the Chinese Super League club for an undisclosed fee, and leaves Tyneside after four-and-a-half years.

A tweet was sent from the Newcastle United Twitter account this morning, which confirmed the news.

Cisse joined NUFC in January 2012 from SC Freiburg and scored 44 goals in 131 appearances for the Club.

A statement on the club website said: "Everyone at St. James' Park wishes Papiss all the best for the next stage of his career."

The footballer paid his own tribute to the Toon fans in a series of Tweets, sent this afternoon.

He said: "I want to put on record my thanks and appreciation for the Newcastle fans. I will never forget them as long as I live, and will be back as a supporter alongside them one day.

"Every goal I scored in that famous number 9 shirt was for them. I hope that the team are quickly back in the Premier League.

"We had some great times together and hopefully under Rafa those times will return"