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May 1, 2013

Cisse keen on Marseille return

Djibril Cisse has admitted it would be "a dream" to return to Marseille, while all but ruling out a return to Queens Park Rangers as he sets his sights on the 2014 World Cup.

Djibril Cisse celebrates his equaliser
Olivier Giroud and Karim Benzema are Djibril Cisse's rivals for a spot in France's side 

Cisse, 31, will complete a six-month loan to Qatari club Al Gharafa in June when he will still have a year left on his contract at QPR. However, with the west London club already condemned to the Championship next season, the former Liverpool and Sunderland forward is looking for a move with another ex-club, Marseille, top of his wish-list.

"Given how things are going sporting-wise for them, it looks complicated," Cisse told France Football when quizzed about his QPR future, adding OM would be his destination of choice should he return to his native country. "If I come back to France, it'll be to play in Ligue 1. It would be a dream to go back there, but there are many things which mean that this eventuality could remain a dream."

He added: "It could be any club which has midfielders capable of giving me good passes and allowing me to shine."

Cisse, who has just been joined by former Liverpool team-mate Harry Kewell in Doha, is conscious he must pick his next club carefully if he wants to work his way back into the national set-up. The pacy forward has not played for his country since a Euro 2012 qualifier with Albania in October 2011, but with Didier Deschamps, 44, short of reliable options up front other than Karim Benzema and Olivier Giroud, Cisse is convinced he can still secure a spot on the plane to Brazil in a year's time.

"I still have Les Bleus in my heart. As long as I have love for that shirt, you should count on me. If I'm in a good team and I do good work, I tell myself that it's still possible. You know, one of my biggest qualities is never to give in easily," Cisse, who suffered the heartbreak of horribly fracturing his leg in a warm-up friendly prior to the 2006 World Cup finals, explained.

"When I have an objective in mind, I do everything I can to achieve it. It takes a lot to bring me to my knees. When you come back from breaking your leg just before you're set to go to a World Cup, nothing can scare you."

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