Traore targets Marseille success
Mali international Djimi Traore has set his sights on winning silverware after joining Marseille. The 31-year-old was a free agent after being released by Monaco at the end of last season, and will compete with fellow new signing Jeremy Morel for the left-back berth in Didier Deschamps' line-up.
OM are this term looking to wrest the Ligue 1 title back after finishing second behind Lille last season and Traore, a Coupe de France runner-up with Monaco in 2010 and UEFA Champions League winner with Liverpool in 2005, cannot wait to add to his medal collection.
"I want to win titles," he told www.om.net. "In France, I have never won a trophy. I missed out on a lot of titles. I was runner-up in France with Lens, I lost a cup final in France with Monaco. But Marseille primarily recruited me to do my job as best as possible."
On working under former France midfielder Deschamps, Traore said: "I have spoken to him on the phone and he is one of the reasons I signed. He was clear with me. He had a simple and honest discourse, which I like. I wanted to work with such a coach and I am very happy.
"I am very pleased to be joining a great club like OM. This is one of the most popular and most prestigious in France. For me, who played in England for a club like Liverpool, Marseille is the equivalent in France."
Traore will be available to Deschamps straight away but admits he is lacking match-fitness. "Unfortunately, I was injured six months ago at the Parc des Princes," he said. "I've recovered, I had a good rehabilitation. I was lucky to have people in Monaco who took very good care of me. I have come back well. I'm just missing the pace of matches. I'm lagging behind the group. It's only been a month since I got back to work. It will take me some time but I will work hard to return quickly."
Meanwhile, Marseille yesterday confirmed midfielder Edouard Cisse had left the club.An OM statement read: "Marseille and Edouard Cisse have reached an agreement for the termination of the player's contract. A free agent, the midfielder looks to be close to signing for AJ Auxerre."