Hopes of several Asante Kotoko fans to see former midfielder Emmanuel Agyemang Badu returning to the club before hanging his boots have been dashed after the former Udinese star revealed his playing career will end in Europe.

The former Ghana midfielder had always said he will return to the folds of the Porcupine Warriors because he has an unfinished business with them.

Many fans who admired the U20 World Cup winner thought he will be returning to the club to play before hanging his boots just like Baffour Gyan and Odartey Lamptey.

But Badu in a recent interview has reiterated his desire to return to Asante Kotoko in a different capacity after hanging his boots, clearly revealing he will not be playing for the Reds as many of their fans thought.

Speaking to footballmadeinghana.com, the hardworking midfielder who is currently a free agent indicated his desire to return to Kotoko but not as a footballer.

“… that’s why I always say I have unfinished business with Kotoko,” he swiftly interjected when asked of his days at Asante Kotoko.

“I’ll be coming back to Kotoko but not to play football but to work with them in other capacities,” he added.

With Asamoah Gyan dashing to Legon Cities after Kotoko failed to raise his transfer fee despite continuously saying he will be playing for the Reds before hanging his boots, fears were that Badu may end up doing same.

But he said: “Gyan had said he will play but I am not saying I’ll play but to work in a different capacity.”

“If I stop playing, I don’t think I’ll come to Ghana to play. If I stop, I stop but there is a lot I can do for the club like scouting players and a whole lot.

“If I announce my retirement completely, I’ll not come back home and continue to play,” he added.

Badu spent less than 4 months with the Porcupine Warriors after joining from Berekum Arsenal as his rise in the national team swiftly moved him outside the country, spending a decade with Serie A side Udinese.