Christophe Dugarry has told a French newspaper he has left Birmingham City for personal reasons.

The former French international signed a permanent deal at St Andrews last summer but his family struggled to settle in England.

“Frankly I was living on my own in the past six months because my family did not like living in England,” Dugarry told L’Equipe newspaper.

“Since the club have nothing to fear nor to hope for anymore we agreed to part company on good terms.”

The 31-year-old World Cup winner joined Birmingham on loan from Bordeaux in January 2003 and was regarded as a key figure inmaintaining their Premiership status. But this season he has scored just one goal in 12 Premiership starts.

“I am still very fit but I don’t know where I will be playing next season,” he added.

“All I know is that I will ask my family first before making my decision.”