Austria international Paul Scharner has signalled that he will try and seek an exit from Wigan Athletic if he is asked to play in defence by new manager Roberto Martinez.
The 29-year-old is keen to play further forward, having played at the back in the 2-0 victory at Aston Villa on the opening day of the new season.
He told the Sunday Mirror: "The manager told me he needs me to play at the back, to bring the ball out and to interpret his tactical concept.
"But I have decided to play in midfield, because that's where I play for Austria and I told him as much.
"Wigan's clear aim for the season is survival. It looks like being a hard battle.
"The transfer window is still open until the end of August, so let's just see what happens.
"If there's nothing, I will be at Wigan at least until the winter."