Clubless Barthez wants two more seasons

August 8, 2006

PARIS, Aug 8 (Reuters) - Goalkeeper Fabien Barthez, without a club since he left Olympique Marseille in May, said on Tuesday he was eager to carry on for one or two more seasons.

The 35-year-old, who played in the World Cup final when France lost to Italy on penalties last month, also said that he is not ready to halt his international career yet.

'If I have to go for one or two extra years, I will,' Barthez was quoted as saying by French daily L'Equipe. 'I still feel like I can give something to the youths or help them learn. Soccer means everything to me.'

Barthez was in contact with Ligue 1 side Toulouse during the close season break but it failed to lead to any deal.

'Toulouse would have been the perfect choice to me,' he said. 'Toulouse is my home town and it's the club I started my career with (in September 1991).'

France's most capped goalkeeper, Barthez played 87 times for Les Bleus and was coach Raymond Domenech's regular first choice during the World Cup in Germany.

The shaven-headed keeper said he hoped to wear the French colours again.

'I'll never give up the national team as long as I play football,' he said. 'For the time being I'm without a club and I can't expect to be called up for the next outing.'

Domenech will unveil on Wednesday his squad for the international friendly against Bosnia scheduled in Sarajevo next week.