Hargreaves happy to bide his time

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Owen Hargreaves is refusing to contemplate life in the lower leagues, which could well signal the end of his playing career.

After being released by Manchester City following what ultimately turned out to be a fruitless year with the Blues, Hargreaves has opted to take a year out. For a player who has struggled so badly with injuries since the 2008 Champions League final, it does not appear the wisest career move, particularly as the 31-year-old insists he is fit.

However, always a deep thinker, Hargreaves is prepared to go against the conventional wisdom of extending his playing career as long as he can, with an alternative career in media or coaching also holding strong appeal. "There are lots of different paths I can go down," he said.

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