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Homesick Desailly quits Qatar club

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Desailly is returning to France after a successful spell in Qatar football

PARIS, France -- Former French captain Marcel Desailly has quit his club in Qatar to return to France and said he wants to continue to play football.

"I am a little homesick because of the distance from my family who stayed in France," said the 37-year-old.

"That's why, after a superb year at Al-Gharafa with French coach Bruno Metsu, and a champions' title last year, I'm leaving Qatar to head off on some new adventures," he added.

"I came to an agreement to cut short my contract," said Desailly, who holds a record 116 caps for France and left Al-Gharafa in the offseason to join Qatar FC.

"I still want to play football. I want to bounce back," he said, adding that he would be training in France to keep in shape.

Desailly said, however, that he had had no contact with any clubs in France.

"I'll come back to France and see. I don't have any concrete ideas, I just want to play football while being closer to my family."

As well as winning the World Cup with France in 1998, the defender also won the European championships in 2000 and the Confederations Cup in 2001 and 2003.

At club level he won the European Cup with Marseille in 1993 and achieved the rare feat of winning it a year later, with AC Milan.

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