Gael Kakuta has revealed that he is determined to bring an end to a Chelsea career that never really got going in order to complete a return to France.

The 21-year-old was involved in a controversial move to Chelsea back in 2007 when the club were accused of influencing the midfielder to break his contract with Lens.

Gael Kakuta and John Terry
Kakuta making a rare appearance for Chelsea [Reuters]

FIFA originally ruled that Chelsea would be banned from signing players for two transfer windows, but the Court of Arbitration later ruled in favour of the club and the ban was lifted.

Having fought hard to gain the signature of Kakuta, he subsequently struggled to make an impact after arriving at Stamford Bridge, playing just six times in the Premier League.

Last season he was loaned out to Ligue 1 side Dijon in January and he has now made it clear that he would like to leave Chelsea permanently in order to gain regular first team football.

"It's better for me to leave the club and find one where I could play matches," Kakuta told French paper L'Equipe. "This is an important moment of my career. I need to play."

Chelsea have plenty of options when it comes to attacking midfielders, having recently added Marko Marin and Eden Hazard to their squad and they will not be too perturbed to hear the comments from Kakuta.

"Marseille is a club that I like," added the French midfielder. "In France, Marseille, Lyon and Lille are the three clubs I like the most.

"Nothing is certain yet. First Marseille must first sell and then negotiate a reasonable salary."

Chelsea may well be prepared to listen to offers and it could well be that Kakuta acts as a replacement for Hazard who left Lille earlier this summer in order to join Chelsea.