Surprise visit on the cards for Toon fan

Newcastle United striker Papiss Cisse drops in to visit Sam Livingstone and his brother Jack after receiving a 'Welcome to Newcastle' card from Sam.

Newcastle United striker Papiss Cisse drops in to visit Sam Livingstone and his brother Jack after receiving a 'Welcome to Newcastle' card from Sam.

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A FOOTBALL-mad youngster got the surprise of his life when Newcastle United star Papiss Cissé dropped in for a visit on Saturday.

Sam Livingstone had sent a card welcoming the Senegalese striker to the north east after his £10m move from Germany in January.

The new United No 9 was so taken with the card after being shown it at the Magpies’ Benton training centre, that he arranged a visit to the four-year-old’s home in Bedlington.

After opening the door to the 26-year-old, a fans’ favourite after scoring ten goals in his first nine games, Sam had to pinch himself before realising it really was Cissé.

He said: “To see Papiss Cisse standing there – well, that was amazing. That just doesn’t happen.

“He came inside, brought us some really great gifts and then showed us his car. It was brilliant.”

His brother Jack, seven, added: “We didn’t know anything about the visit. It was just a great day for us.”

Cissé said: “Going to see Sam and his family was just my way of saying a special thank you to a young fan who showed genuine kindness in welcoming me to a new country and a new club.

“I must thank them also for the Easter bunny they gave me. It was very nice.”