Anzhi Makhachkala left-back Roberto Carlos has denied that he is retiring from the game despite his exclusion from the Russian side for the remainder of the term.
The club's vice president, German Chistyakov, had confirmed that the Brazilian was no longer part of the big-spending side as a player and would become part of Guus Hiddink's backroom staff once he had gained the necessary coaching badges.
However the former Real Madrid defender, who turns 39 next month, has stated that while he will not feature this season, he is hopeful that he will be part of Anzhi's squad next term.
"I haven't gone away, and am only out of the squad until the end of the season. Next year I will play a few times!" he is reported as saying by Globoesporte.
"I'm working with the coach. Just off the list because I hadn't been played, so they added someone else."
Carlos joined Anzhi in February 2011 and has made 25 league appearances for the club, scoring four goals in the process.