"I never said that,'' he told L'Equipe, referring to suggestions he was retiring. "The club said that. I am still hesitant. I cannot put myself in the future.''
With no ill family members to speak of, Malbranque's decision to walk out on Les Verts so soon into his contract remains an unusual one.
"I did not take pleasure in training. I tried to be happy but I could not,'' he said.
He has not ruled out a return to England, where he spent ten years with Fulham, Tottenham and latterly Sunderland, adding: "England probably suited me better.''
Malbranque only moved to French outfit St Etienne at the start of August after ending his three-year stay at the Stadium of Light.
Manager Christophe Galtier said Malbranque was not in the right frame of mind to play, but there have been reports that the ex-Fulham and Spurs midfielder is considering retiring for non-sporting issues.He's not retired because of age or injuries but to look after his son, who has been diagnosed with cancer. What a good father from footballer player..
Who is Steed Malbranque
Full name Steed Malbranque
Date of birth January 6, 1980 (age 31)
Place of birth Mouscron, Belgium
Height 1.68 m (5 ft 6 in) 
Playing position Attacking Midfielder/Winger
Years Team Apps† (Gls)†
1997–2001 Lyon 77 (5)
2001–2006 Fulham 172 (32)
2006–2008 Tottenham Hotspur 62 (6)
2008–2011 Sunderland 102 (1)
2011 Saint-Étienne 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic
He's good while he play for EPL clubs..
In Sunderland jersey