Fred, who has had several injuries during the past year, said he wanted to leave the seven-time French league champions because of lack of first team action. "As I am not playing, I asked the president to terminate my contract," Fred told the RTL radio station. "My aim is to play in the 2010 World Cup. At club level I want to play, to score goals and I think that is difficult here at Lyon.
"When I come on with 20 to 15 minutes to go, that is not enough time to express myself at 100 per cent, and I cannot give my all. Because of that I want to leave."
Fred said he had already told Aulas and Lyon coach Claude Puel that he would not be extending his contract. "Even if I got very good terms financially, money is not everything in life and I need to play football, which gives me so much pleasure."
Though Fred has no concrete plans for the future, he expressed a wish to play in Brazil. "At the moment, I am thinking of returning to Brazil, to stay there for six months or perhaps a year," Fred added.