Cisse eyeing French national team return

Djibril Cisse has set his heart on a return to the France squad after marking the start of a World Cup year with a transfer back to Ligue 1.

Djibril Cisse

The former Auxerre, Liverpool, Marseille and Panathinaikos striker has joined mid-table club Bastia from Russian side Kuban Krasnodar, and is hoping to catch the attention of national coach Didier Deschamps before he settles on his squad for the summer tournament in Brazil.

"I think people know my character," Cisse said. "I am a winner, very demanding and never satisfied.

"I'm 32, I've been around a long time and I don't feel old at all. I have good years ahead of me and I'm going to do good things.

"I still want titles and goals.

"I have one objective that everyone knows about: I love the blue (of France) and I will do everything to get it."

Cisse was first capped at senior level by France in May 2002 and played in that summer's unsuccessful World Cup campaign. He missed the 2006 tournament after suffering a broken leg in a warm-up match but returned to the squad for the 2010 finals in South Africa.

The move back to France comes after six months in Russian football for Cisse, with the language barrier having been apparently an issue he struggled with.

"I'm very happy to come back to France, to return to a country where I can talk to people," Cisse said, according to Bastia's website.

"(I'm happy to be) in a championship that I know."

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