Motor racing tempts Ginola

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A change of country and a change of career could spell the end of David Ginola's time at Newcastle United.

This season could be the Frenchman's last in the Premiership - should he swap flying down the wing for charging round a race track.

The 29-year-old winger, who is the star of a new television advertisement for Renault entitled "Ginola Stays", said yesterday: "You should not read too much into the commercial's slogan, because you never know what might happen at the end of the season.

"It is not easy to come to another country and work, because you miss your family and friends and your normal way of life," he added. "Sometimes I miss home - and I feel for the Brazilians at Middlesbrough because it is not easy."

Ginola is also involved in talks with Renault about racing in next year's British Touring Car Championship, and is to test drive a car next week with the leading Swiss sports car racer, Alain Menu.

"I love motor racing and I want to do some pro driving, but it depends on getting the go-ahead from Newcastle because of their insurance policy on me," Ginola said.