It's been a difficult time for QPR man Steven Caulker, and the defender admits that he thinks he'll have to move on if he is to kick-start his career.

In a revealing feature with the Guardian, Caulker discusses the personal problems that have plagued him in recent years, most notably his mental health problems which have led to issues with gambling and alcohol.

The 25-year-old spoke about the prospective move to Lokomotiv Moscow in January, but hailed manager Ian Holloway who he says has supported him through a difficult time.

He said: "QPR and my agent tried to push me towards Lokomotiv Moscow in January, saying it would be a fresh start.

"Part of me thought the money they were offering could solve all my problems but why would being on my own out in Russia help? I had no idea how to break the cycle and being in Moscow while still injured just felt a recipe for disaster.

"The manager, Ian Holloway, was actually telling me to stay. I’d been in his office close to tears, so he said: ‘How anyone could think sending you there would be a good idea is beyond me. You need to get yourself right.’ I appreciated him for that but, for the club, I can see why it was appealing to be shot of me but I was in no fit state to move and eventually pulled the plug on it."

Caulker has one year remaining on his current deal at Loftus Road, but admits it's likely he'll move on sooner rather than later.

He said: "What happens next is all a bit confused, all a bit unclear.

"The manager has texted me several times offering his support and saying he wants me at the club but my new representative has been informed by the owners I’m not welcome back."

The full interview with the Guardian is available