Four-time World Touring Car champion Yvan Muller has downplayed speculation that he could already be coming out of retirement after testing with the Volvo team earlier this month.

The 47-year-old retired from the World Touring Car Championship at the end of 2016 after his third year with the factory Citroën team, stating he had lost the desire to race full-time. The Frenchman indicated he would focus his efforts on running his race team in the European Le Mans Series, along with another as yet unspecified programme.

With the media speculation running at overdrive after his recent test outing, Muller issued a press release refuting recent claims that he was going to backtrack on his retirement decision- the statement, however, left open the possibility of a few guest outings.

“For a few days I’ve been reading a lot about myself,” his statement reads.

“In order to put an end to all speculation, I announced at the end of last year that I had decided to stop my full-time driver career, which was a deliberate choice. That decision is still valid.

“I have absolutely no intention of repeating a full season as a driver, but I have always said that it is not impossible that I will be driving again occasionally, when I feel like it. But today there is nothing planned.”

“As for my professional future, it has been decided for a few months already, but the announcement will be made on time.”

Image via FIA WTCC Media

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