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Payet excited by Marseille move

Dimitri Payet insists his move to Marseille from Lille is a "sporting choice" and is relishing the prospect of Champions League and possibly even World Cup football next season.

The prospect of the 2014 World Cup was a key element in my thinking, but not the only one. I wanted to stay in France.

Throughout my career, I have always favoured the sporting choice. Thinking about 2014 is good, but with OM it's also about playing in the Champions League, the chance to evolve in a quality group of players and to achieve high goals in the league. The challenge is raised, it is already exciting.

Marseille's history speaks for itself, it is full of titles and emotions. The club is a monument in French sport.

– Marseille forward Dmitri Payet speaking to the club's official website


Payet off to Marseille

Marseille have confirmed the signing of Lille forward Dimitri Payet subject to a medical.

The France international played a starring role last season for Les Dogues, filling the shoes of the departed Eden Hazard on their left wing.

M'Bia fined over tweets

Midfielder Stephane Mbia has been fined and warned about his future conduct by QPR after a message on his Twitter account appeared to suggest he wanted to return to his former club Marseille.

The club has concluded its investigation following a series of Tweets which appeared on Stephane Mbia's official Twitter account.

Stephane has stressed to the club that he is not responsible for the Tweets.

However the club is of the view that every player that has a Twitter account is ultimately responsible for what appears on it.

As a result, Stephane has been fined and warned in relation to his future conduct. The club will be making no further comment.

– QPR Head of Media & Communications Ian Taylor

Swap deal in the offing...

Stephane Mbia fancies swapping places with Joey Barton in the summer, with the midfielders forming a part exchange deal earlier this season which saw Mbia joining QPR and Joey Barton going to Marseille on loan.

And here's Joey's response...


@StephaneMbia if you go down with a team. You should stay and help them up mate. They need you all to stick together an help them back. #QPR

But it's ok - Mbia was just kidding.


Fernandes expects Barton return

Marseille have got to put an offer in. Joey is under contract and Joey would be a very useful player for Queens Park Rangers.

He helped Newcastle out (of the Championship). Some would say we lacked his fighting spirit in the midfield.

But if Joey and Marseille want (the transfer), then we will talk.

However, he is a QPR player, and is contracted to QPR.

That has to be a financial deal which would have to be worked out if he wants to go to Marseille, but as far as I am concerned he is a QPR player and in the summer will come back."

– QPR owner Tony Fernandes speaking to their official website

Cisse on potential Marseille return

It would be a dream to go back, or play for any club which can make me shine.

I have Les Bleus in my heart.

If I'm in a good team and if I do a good job I think it's possible.

I have a crazy mind and when I have a goal in mind I do everything to achieve it.

– QPR forward Djibril Cisse
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