Steed Malbranque’s representatives have dismissed reports the former Fulham, Tottenham and Sunderland midfielder has retired from football to care for an ill family member.
Reports emerging from France over the weekend, and repeated in a number of British publications, claimed that the 31-year-old, who joined French outfit St Etienne this summer, had decided to quit as his young son was suffering from cancer.
But in a statement released to Press Association Sport by solicitors working on the instruction of Malbranque’s agent, Sebastien Boisseau, it is made clear that the Frenchman does not have a son and that no member of his immediate family is in ill health.
“Steed has read with concern the recent stories currently circulating about him and his family,” read the statement which was issued by London-based solicitors Thomas Cooper.
“He would like to reassure all of his friends in England and throughout world football that these stories are wholly without foundation.
“Steed does not have a son and his immediate family are all in good health. Steed does not know the origin of these stories but would like to stress that they are without merit.
“He trusts that they will now cease immediately.”
Now this is seriously strange. Reports that the talented French midfielder was set to quit the game to look after his terminally sick son were plastered all over the shop and were even relayed in a tweet by Rio Ferdinand in support of the former Sunderland, Fulham and Tottenham man.
As it turns out the 31 year old doesn’t even have a son. Now one would have to wonder the warped state of mind of the person who began such a bizarre/sick rumour trail and also those who didn’t even research the fact that Steed Malbranque does not even have a son.
So that’s all cleared up now and we can expect to see Steed in action for his new club Saint-Etienne.