Barthez not ready to quit
By Patrick Haond
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Fabien Barthez says he wants to play for two more years, including with France.
Free agent Fabien Barthez says he is still hoping to play professional football for another two years, insisting he is also looking to continue his career in the French international setup.
The vastly-experienced keeper, who kept goal for Les Bleus during the World Cup finals, is currently without a club after leaving Marseille during the summer.
At 35 the former Manchester United shot-stopper is convinced he still has a lot to offer national coach Raymond Domenech as well as any potential future employers for the coming season.
"As long as I play football I will not give up the French team," Barthez told L'Equipe.
"In the ideal situation I would like to play two more years, but maybe it will be no more.
"I am expecting nothing because I have more to give than receive.
"I want to give and teach the youngsters, now I would like to share."
Barthez missed out on a dream move to home town Toulouse and he says he is waiting for the right opportunity to come along.
"Toulouse would have been perfect, for my mother [who is ill] I wanted to come back to the area," Barthez added.
"Elie Baup, my spiritual father, became the coach.
"Toulouse is my town, the club where I have been educated, but you are not alone to choose.
"Now the two Toulouse keepers are back, so life still goes on.
"I have refused another club, I want a human adventure with a coach that trusts me 200 percent as has been the case at both Marseille and in the French team."