Hleb training with Augsburg

Barcelona midfielder Alexander Hleb has started training with Bundesliga side Augsburg, although he is not likely to appear for the club officially.

The Belarusian is searching for a new club after a loan spell with Wolfsburg ended unsuccessfully just before Christmas, and he has now returned close to his former Stuttgart home to keep himself fit until an offer arrives.

However, both Hleb and the Bundesliga newcomers have said their relationship is purely restricted to the training field.

"I am very grateful to Augsburg for allowing me to train with their team," Hleb told Sky Sports News.

"It is doing me good and I want to get fit quickly. Training with Augsburg is helping me a great deal."

Augsburg coach Jos Luhukay is happy to have the experienced midfielder in training, but he knows his club is unable to offer the 30-year-old anything more.

"Alex has a contract with Barcelona and he certainly has different ambitions than to play for Augsburg," he said. "I have no problems with him taking part in training, though."