Steed Malbranque has not ruled out playing again after one of the most confusing periods of his career.
The French midfielder left Sunderland this summer and joined Ligue 1 side Saint-Etienne, only to leave last week, with the club confirming he had left by mutual consent.
It was thought his playing days were over as a result, but the 31-year-old has today said he has not yet decided what his next move is going to be.
"I never said that," he told L'Equipe, referring to suggestions he was retiring. "The club said that. I am still hesitant. I cannot put myself in the future."
Malbranque's decision to walk out on Les Verts so soon into his contract remains an unusual one. "I did not take pleasure in training. I tried to be happy but I could not," he said.