Hearts striker Christian Nade has revealed he attempted to force a move away from Tynecastle in the summer by returning to pre-season training overweight.
Manager Csaba Laszlo claimed the former Sheffield United striker was 17 stone when he took over during the summer.
Nade claims he was never that heavy but has admitted to trying to engineer a move away by letting himself slip during the close season.
"I didn't come back over 17 stone - that would be impossible! I came back a few pounds overweight, that was all," he told the Scottish Sun.
"But maybe there was a little part of me that wanted to do this. Maybe I lost my focus.
"When I came here, maybe it was a mistake for me to think it was a little bit easy to play in the SPL coming from the Premiership.
"Towards the end of the season, I didn't play well and I wasn't confident and it was really hard for me to come back to Hearts. So maybe I wanted to leave.
"Now I want to show people I made a mistake. I want fans to recognise I am a good player and this is what I hope will happen."