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Cisse happy to return for Newcastle after resolving sponsor dispute

Newcastle United striker Papiss Cisse has confirmed he has settled his dispute with the club over their shirt sponsor Wonga and will continue to feature for Alan Pardew's side.

The 28-year-old is a practising Muslim and refused to wear the club's shirt which bears the pay-day loan company's logo due to religious reasons.

Cisse, who scored eight Premier League goals last season, did not travel with Newcastle's squad for their pre-season trip to Portugal but insists he is now focussed on playing for the club after resolving the issue.

"It has been a very difficult time for me and the club, and also for the fans," Cisse told the club's official website.

"I have had some useful discussions with my club, my family and Islamic teachers in the last few weeks. After a huge amount of thought and reflection I have made the decision to follow my team-mates and wear the kit.

"Now I think it is important for the team and the fans that we concentrate 100 per cent on football.

"Although I did not go to Portugal on the training camp, I was back here working hard on my fitness and preparing for the start of the new season.

"Since then it has been great to be training with my team-mates again. I feel great and ready to go, and cannot wait to be out there against St. Mirren on Tuesday and to play my part for the team."