Anderlecht midfielder Lucas Biglia has revealed that he was on the edge of depression earlier this winter and has slammed suggestions that he was trying to force a move away from the Belgian champions.
The Argentina international returned to the Brussels side late after the Christmas break, leading to speculation that he had set his sights on a move away from Anderlecht.
However, he has stressed that mental problems were the reason for his prolonged stay in his native country.
"Was I depressed? I'd say that I was on the edge of a depression," Biglia told Het Nieuwsblad.
"They prescribed me all kinds of medicines. There were some anti-depressants among them, but I immediately told my wife that I wasn't taking those.
"I'm still using medication and Anderlecht know all about it. The most important thing for me is that I know what the problem is. I set myself too many objectives.
"It hurts that some people doubted me. This was more than just migraine. I now realise that there's more to life than just football."
Biglia has made six official appearances for Anderlecht since returning to the club.