Ex-West Ham and Real Madrid man turns down St. Johnstone move

Julien Faubert had been on trial at St. Johnstone but has declined the opportunity to join the club.

St. Johnstone manager Tommy Wright has confirmed that former West Ham United star and Real Madrid flop Julien Faubert has turned down the opportunity to move to Scottish Premier League side St. Johnstone after a trial at the club, as quoted by BBC Sport.

The 32-year-old joined the SPL side on a pre-contract basis last week and played for the club's Under-21s side as he looks to rebuild match fitness after being released by Bordeaux in the summer.

However, Wright has now revealed that the Martinique international has cut short his spell with the club after receiving other offers, but the Saints boss had high praise for the former Hammers man's attitude.

Wright said, according to quotes published by BBC Sport: "Julien has had a couple of offers, I believe one in America and another offer. I fully understand why he has gone. Maybe warmer climates are more attractive.

"He did extremely well here, a really good professional."

Faubert played over 100 games for West Ham in a five-year spell with the club between 2007 and 2012, but saw his early years at Upton Park blighted by injury.

He made a shock move to Real Madrid in January 2009 on a loan deal with a view to a permanent move, but played just twice in his time with the Spanish giants before returning to London, where he became a key player in his first year back at the club.

The midfielder, who scored on his only senior appearance for the French national team before beginning to play for Martinique in 2014, will now continue his hunt for a new club.

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