Emile Heskey admits he would 'love' to return to Leicester City, but insists his current loyalties lie with Aston Villa.
The 33-year-old started his career at Leicester and made almost 200 appearances for the club before leaving for Liverpool over a decade ago.
He is out of contract at Villa at the end of the season and has been linked with a return to Leicester next summer.
Heskey will not rule out playing for the Foxes again before his career is over, but he is currently trying to focus on his commitments with Villa.
Never say never
"Hypothetically, I would love to come back, so never say never - but my current loyalty obviously remains to Villa," said Heskey in the Leicester Mercury.
"Because I was born and raised in Leicester, and my family still live there, and it is the club where everything started for me, I can't say I will never go back.
"Who knows where football will take me. We will have to just wait and see, but I can't rule it out."
The Foxes recently sacked Heskey's former England boss Sven Goran Eriksson and he feels it has been hard for the club to find a manager to replicate the success enjoyed by Martin O'Neill.
He added: "I was a little bit sad to see Sven sacked, but after Martin O'Neill left it was always going to be difficult for the next few managers.
"In five years, O'Neill went to Wembley four times - one play-off final and three cups finals - plus we finished in the top half of the Premier League every time.
"Martin's legacy still lives on, so the guys who follow him have an uphill task."