Franck Tabanou has rejoined Saint-Etienne on loan from Swansea City but cannot understand why he was not given a chance at the Liberty Stadium.
The French club on Thursday announced the 26-year-old full-back will rejoin them until the end of the season, just months after he signed for Swansea on a three-year deal for an undisclosed fee.
The former France Under-21 international has made only three appearances – all in cup competitions – for the Premier League side and told French newspaper L’Equipe of his frustrations as he headed home.
“I had gone to Swansea to get to the next level, to get my foot in the Premier League and to then go higher,” Tabanou said. “Unfortunately, it didn’t happen the way I wanted. They did not give me my chance. I do not understand.
“And I think, if I had stayed, my situation wouldn’t have changed. The club is in a terrible situation and despite that, they never let me play.
“Tactically, they are not at the top. They have their players, they will fight until the last minute. This is not the way I play.
“I might have been able to make more effort but I also expect an effort from them.”