Former Arsenal and Birmingham midfielder Alexander Hleb is training with Bundesliga outfit Augsburg, but the club admit he is unlikely to sign a playing deal with them.
Hleb has no future with Barcelona and is on the look-out for a new club after an injury-hit loan spell at Wolfsburg concluded at the end of December.
The 30-year-old is keen to maintain his fitness with the hope of sealing a transfer during the January window and will train with newly-promoted Augsburg until such a move arises.
"I am very grateful to Augsburg for allowing me to train with their team," Hleb told Sky Sports News.
"It is doing me good and I want to get fit quickly. Training with Augsburg is helping me a great deal."
Augsburg manager Jos Luhukay is pleased to have a player of Hleb's calibre train with his side but admits it is unlikely it will become a permanent arrangement.
"Alex has a contract with Barcelona and he certainly has different ambitions than to play for Augsburg," said the 48-year-old.
"I have no problems with him taking part in training though."