Senegal international Habib Beye has admitted that a lack of first-team action this season could force him to leave Aston Villa in the summer.
The 32-year-old, who moved to Villa Park from Newcastle United last summer, has made only ten appearances for Martin O'Neill's team and none in the Premier League since November.
"Things are not going too well for me at Villa," he said."I have only played in ten games in all competitions.
"This is the first time in 12 years I've had a season like this and it is not easy for me to put up with. I am 32, I feel in good physical shape and I don't see myself sitting on the bench.
"If I can't express myself as a footballer with Aston Villa, it will be elsewhere. It is the manager's choice. You have to respect his decisions even if you don't accept them as he is the sole captain of the ship.
"French clubs don't punch at the same weight as English ones when it comes to salaries. Returning to France would be complicated for me. The wages in England are twice as high and I can't see a French club investing that much money in a player.
"I'd consider an interesting challenge in France, but the salary is the problem."