QPR striker Djibril Cisse: I nearly joined Manchester City

French forward reveals that he almost signed for the title favourites, but is now firmly focused on repaying Hoops fans with a big performance against them in the season’s climax

Djibril Cisse has revealed that he nearly signed for Manchester City when Mark Hughes was their manager, before he joined Marseille.

The Frenchman has since teamed up with Hughes in QPR’s relegation battle and the pair are now aiming to seal the Hoops' Premier League status at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday.

Cisse told The Sun: “I had a talk with [City]. It was Mark Hughes who was the manager then. My agent had a discussion at the time but I also had a proposition from Marseille.

“Marseille are a big club and the club that I support, so I have no regrets.”

The striker also confided his close friendship with City midfielder Samir Nasri and admitted that it would be "sad" to prevent him from becoming a Premier League champion.

“We talk nearly every day. I will be sad if he is not a champion but he will have another chance to win a title," the striker admitted.

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Cisse added that helping to keep the Rs in the Premier League would rank as one of his best achievements of his career.

“There was the Champions League final [with Liverpool], there was the French Cup final and now there is this game," he stated.

“It would be in the top three of my achievements."

After being sent off twice in his short spell at Loftus Road, as well as bagging five goals, the hitman is desperate to eradicate the frustrations of his on-field indiscipline.

“I don’t want the people at QPR to have these bad memories of me," he vowed. "This is a personal mission. It’s up to me to change that.”