The Senegalese international has become embroiled in a row over the club’s new kit sponsor, after refusing to wear the new strip sponsored by loan company Wonga, due to religious beliefs.
Cisse’s objection to wearing the shirt has cast doubt over his future on Tyneside, and the news he has now pulled out of the club’s pre season tour will do little to ease what has so far been a difficult summer for manager Alan Pardew.
It is understood Cisse went as far as meeting Gordon Taylor at the PFA’s offices on Tuesday, and after extensive talks decided not to travel with the squad.
It seems as though the only available option at the moment is for Cisse to depart St James’ Park after a relatively succesful 18 months at the club.
Cisse looked every inch a world class centre forward following his arrival in January 2012, and although he failed to recapture the form of his first six months in England last summer, the striker was one of the few players at the club capable of conjuring up something from nothing.
The news will no doubt see Alan Pardew attempt to push ahead with his move for Aston Villa forward Darren Bent.
The club have been linked with a £5million move for the former England striker, but are so far yet to launch an official bid.
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