FRENCH footballer 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 claimed the 31-year-old – who joined French outfit St Etienne this summer – had decided to quit as his 15-year-old son was suffering from cancer.
But in a statement from his solicitors it said: “Steed has read with concern the recent stories currently circulating about him and his family.
“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.”