Loris Benito has rejected Nottingham Forest following a trial with the club.
Benito, 29, said he has turned down a move to the Reds despite playing in England being a “dream” of his.
The Swiss player trained with the club earlier this month as they observed and assessed him, with a view to him coming in as cover for left-back.
Max Lowe and Jordi Osei-Tutu are both currently out with an injury, which has forced Steve Cooper to opt for Jack Colback to step in at that position.
Benito admitted that he enjoyed his experience with Forest, but he still chose not to sign a deal to keep him at the club for the rest of the season.
“They offered me a contract until the end of the season. I refused,” he told Swiss newspaper Blick, via Nottingham Post.
He was asked whether he had a good experience with the club, he responded: “And how! I also went to a home game during this time. Full stadium, 28,000 fans. In the second division. Impressive!”
Benito remains without a club since leaving Bordeaux last August. He had been training with former club FC Aarau, in his hometown in Switzerland, to maintain his fitness levels.
Despite turning down the move to Forest, he is hopeful of securing a new club this January.
“I am also confident that it will work out in January. The circumstances are better there than in summer. There will be more movement in the market,”
“I am longingly waiting for (the right club).”
It’s unusual that Benito has turned down the move to Forest. The Reds are a big club with a lot of history.
Perhaps it is a step down to move from Ligue 1 to the Championship, but if he is to make the Switzerland squad for the World Cup next year then he will need some form of game time.
He also rejected the idea of playing domestic football back in Switzerland, so it is clear he still has ambitions of playing in the top flight of one of the big five leagues.
This is a shame for Forest, who really could use the cover. Colback is not suited to playing at left back long-term and the financial side of signing Benito as a free agent would be preferable to putting in a fee for another club’s player.