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Ex-Barcelona star Marquez keen to remain with NYRB

Rafael Marquez insists he is keen to remain with New York Red Bull despite the bitter end to the 2012 season.

The Red Bulls were controversially beaten in the Eastern Conference semi-final playoff second leg 1-0 by DC United with former Barcelona star Marquez sent off for a second bookable offence.

The 2-1 aggregate loss has ended New York's campaign but Marquez is already looking forward to next season where he plans to finish his career with a title.

"I want to try and be a champion," said the Mexico international. "It's my last year and I want to be a champion here in MLS.

"We have everything but we need to work. Myself, I start [by trying] to be in good shape."

Regarding the star-studded Red Bull's shortcomings since he joined, Marquez added: "Maybe in these three years, we don't have a good, good team.

"It was always different. One game we play well, the other we play bad. We need to try keep maybe that level and I don't know what's going to happen next year, but we need to try and stay at the same level."

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