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  13/07/2011: Morabito: "Cisse signing like Gascoigne"
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Super-agent Vincenzo Morabito, who was used to help bring Djibril Cisse speaks about the transfer saga and the impact he believes it can make in the capital.

Morabito told Radio 6, "It's been a long negotiation, as is the case with major players. The transfer has to be attributed to the will of Cisse and that of Lotito, Tare and Reja who realised the impact this player could have on the fans and on a technical point. He has more than 200 goals in his career. Although the Greek league is considered inferior, do not forget the Greeks have eliminated Roma from the Champions League and Cisse scored 3 goals".

"He is the classic player who emerges in the big games, like the Derby. In terms of personality he reminds me of Eto'o. Cisse is not a hothead like people say, he is very outgoing and has a special way with his style. He is a great professional, he is first at training and the last to leave".

Morabito compared this transfer to Cragnotti's capture of Paul Gascoigne: "Today Lotito has made a transfer similar to what Cragnotti did with Gascoigne. In my opinion it is those players who begin a cycle. Seeing the arrival of Cisse and the enthusiasm of the people at the airport reminds me of the joy from Gascoigne, from then came the big names which made a great Lazio".

Cisse promised that if he were to score in the Derby he would celebrate under the Curva Sud, Morabito responded: "I am convinced that if he scores, he will run 90 metres and cheer under the Curva Sud like Di Canio and Chinaglia".

Morabito then claimed that former Lazio midfielder Ousmane Dabo played a key role in the negotiations: "Dabo has spoken very positively of the environment at Lazio denying rumours of alleged racism, using Diakite as an example".

Morabito then commented on the long negotiations: "At some points it seemed that the negotiations had stalled. The will of Cisse was to come to Lazio because they want to challenge for the league and he wants to play in the Europa Cup. Piola (Cisse's agent) enjoyed my moral support as there were two evenings when Djibril was exhausted by the negotiations, on the verge of throwing in the towel and to listen to other offers. I stood firm and told him not to give up on Lazio".  

(Giannino Capaldi)
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