Despite denying reports that he’d retired from football, Steed Malbranque has left St. Etienne by mutual consent.

The French club have released the following statement this morning:

At a meeting held Monday night between the management of AS St Etienne and Steed Malbranque, both parties have decided, by mutual agreement, to amicably end their collaboration.

St Etienne and the player would like to strongly deny all the rumours referring to the health of Steed Malbranque or children that accompanied the decision of the individual.

This choice is his alone and ASSE fully respects Steed’s will. The management of AS St Etienne would like to wish Steed the best in his choices and his future life.