Djibril Cisse has told Sky Sports News of his desire to remain in England on a permanent basis.
The French striker is currently on a season-long loan at North East outfit Sunderland.
That agreement is set to expire in the summer, with indication as yet whether Cisse will be remaining on Wearside.
The current economic climate has seen the Black Cats err on the side of caution until their Premier League status for next season is secured.
Cisse admits he would be open to penning a full-time deal at the Stadium of Light having enjoyed his time at the club this year, but accepts that he must be patient.
There is no guarantee such a move will materialise, but the colourful 27-year-old has made it clear that his future lies in the Premier League and not back in his homeland with parent club Marseille.
"To be honest I would prefer to stay in the Premier League. If it is going to be Sunderland, I don't know at the moment," Cisse told Sky Sports News.
"We don't know if we are going to stay up, but I think we will.
"But then it is down to the board to make a decision. I am waiting for a transfer or talks.
"No disrespect to Marseille or the public, because I have a good relationship with them and I still have a lot of friends there, but I think my heart is in England and in the Premier League."