Jonathan Zebina admits he had hoped to move to England this summer, before eventually linking up with Ligue 1 new boys Brest.
After 11 years in Italy with Roma, Juventus and Brescia, the 33-year-old decided that 2011 would be the year he took on a new challenge.
A switch to the Premier League appealed, with a number of French performers having shone on that stage in recent times.
There was, however, a distinct lack of interest shown in his services and he was forced to turn his attentions elsewhere.
He ended up signing for Brest, but admits a return to his homeland was the last thing on his mind when he bid farewell to Serie A.
"I wanted to turn the page on my time in Italy and experience a new adventure abroad," Zebina told France Football.
"I mainly wanted to go to England. I would have liked to have had that opportunity, but interest from the Premier League quickly vanished.
"That is when the opportunity to join Brest came up. Until that moment I hadn't thought about moving back to France.
"But, to be honest, I would rather be at Brest than getting a big cheque in Russia or Ukraine. I have earned a lot of money in the past and now I just want to enjoy the game."