France striker David Trezeguet said he was forced to stay at Juventus after they were demoted to Serie B for their part in a match-fixing scandal.
“(Juventus coach) Didier (Deschamps) told me: ‘You’re staying here’,” Trezeguet told Friday’s issue of L’Equipe.
“Of course it took me time to accept that situation. When a player has played the Champions League seven times in a row, it’s not easy, neither for me nor for the others.”
Trezeguet, who has been a prolific striker since joining Juventus in 2000, said he had no other option than to stay at the club.
“The club officials told me from the start that I had to stay here,” he said. “I had no choice.”
The 28-year-old Frenchman also revealed his disappointment at his bit part role in this summer’s World Cup. French coach Raymond Domenech opted for Thierry Henry as a lone striker, leaving Trezeguet on the bench for the bulk of the tournament.
“Why hide it? The World Cup was negative for me,” said Trezeguet.
“People keep asking me about that missed penalty (Trezeguet missed in the penalty shootout) but my biggest disappointment is to have hardly played in a competition that might have been my last.”
Trezeguet said he had considered international retirement after the World Cup.
“Yes, I asked myself that question,” said the forward, who is no longer an automatic choice for Domenech despite having scored 32 goals from 66 internationals.