Shaun Maloney has admitted that he is still concerned about his future at Aston Villa.
The Scotland international has struggled to make an impact at Villa Park since joining from Celtic in January.
Maloney admits he spoke with manager Martin O'Neill on the eve of the transfer window, which closed at the end of last month.
The 24-year-old stayed, but his long-term future appears in major doubt.
"On deadline day I spoke to him [O'Neill] and he was quite happy to tell me to get my head down and concentrate on playing for Villa this season," Maloney told the Birmingham Mail.
"It was pretty much all he had to say to me. I had spoken to him at the start of the season about not settling and he basically said I needed to work hard to get into his 11 and that he wanted me to stay. He is the manager and that is exactly what happened.
"I know what is said about players who have gone down south and come back quite quickly. You don't want to be seen as someone who has not achieved down there, but I guess I have got to be happy within myself what I do at Aston Villa.
"Everyone at Villa has made me as welcome as they could and I've not helped myself by living in a serviced apartment and not getting a proper place.
"It is difficult for me. The transfer window has just shut and that is finished for now. Within a few days of that, I don't want to be talking about the next window.
"I guess I know what people want me to say. For the next however many months I will be trying all I can to get in the team."