Manchester United’s defender Laurent Blanc admits that this will be his last season as a player, but the former French international has not ruled out the possibility of becoming a coach at Old Trafford.

The Frenchman announced hisretirement last year but performed a U-turn and signed a 12-month contract extension at Old Trafford.

“No, that’s it for me,” Blanc told, when asked about plans to extend his stay at the club. “I don’t want to look an idiot again like I did last season.

“I’d made up my mind to retire then I was given an interesting proposition to play for another year.

“I love playing so I decided to do another year but I looked an idiot as I’d told everyone I was quitting. I’m not talking about it any more!”

Blanc’s prospects of playing a role in the remainder of the season look remote. He has fallen behind the likes of Rio Ferdinand, Wes Brown and John O’Shea in the pecking order.

Asked about he possibility of staying at Old Trafford in a coaching capacity, Blanc admitted he was tempted by the prospect.