Former Sunderland striker Nicklas Bendtner says he is considering his future after learning of his release from FC Copenhagen.

The enigmatic Danish striker spent the 2011-12 season on loan at the Stadium of Light, netting eight goals in 30 appearances, becoming somewhat of a cult hero for some fans on Wearside.

Known for his confident attitude, Bendtner, still only 31, has suggested there might be nothing else for him to achieve in the game having lined up for his boyhood club.

It hasn't been the easiest of spells for the ex-Arsenal man, however, as he struggled with injuries during his time back in Denmark, making just 13 appearances for Stale Solbakken's side. His contract will expire at the end of December.

Speaking of his release and future, he said: "I'm proud that I have now played in the FCK Jersey and scored a goal in Telia Parken, which was always one of my dreams as a footballer.

"I knew the conditions of the opportunity that FCK and Stale gave me, and I've been treated well by everyone in the club.

"Of course, I had hoped for more playing time and maybe a longer contract, but I fully respect Stale's decision, and in no way do I regret my time here in FCK.

"I would like to thank everyone in the club and especially the fans for the support I have received, which has touched me deeply.

"Now, I will thoroughly consider my options and decide what the future has in store for me - on or off the pitch."

Copenhagen boss Solbakken added of Bendtner: "We have been very satisfied with Nicklas and the way he has contributed to the squad, both in the dressing room and in the daily training.

"Through his experience as a footballer and with his good mood, he has been a role model who has always helped the team and the youngsters.

"For some time, he has probably sensed how it would end, but he has tackled it very professionally.

"He has been a good teammate all the way and supported the boys and been a part of our good results - even though he has been disappointed about not playing so much.

"We have been happy to have him in the team, but he has had difficulties getting playing time because of the competition and injuries.

"We have always had a good and open dialogue. We did, however, also agree that limited playing time in the future could be difficult for Nicklas and his motivation.

"Nicklas came as a friend of the club, and it will remain so. He has had a great career, been a good team player in FCK and a good guy from the first day. He will always be welcome here."