Paul O'Connell has confirmed he will leave Stade Francais at the end of the season but insists he has not lined up a coaching role elsewhere next year.

O'Connell's departure as forwards coach had been expected after French media reports that he had fallen out with head coach Heyneke Meyer.

The former Ireland captain had been strongly linked with a move to Stade's Top14 rivals Toulon but appears to have ruled out that possibility.

"I have decided not to stay beyond my contract year with the club and do not envision joining another club next season either," he said in a club statement.

"I had a great adventure with Stade Français. I am grateful to the club for the opportunity they gave me to live and work in Paris. I was delighted to be able to work alongside Heyneke Meyer, the staff and all the club’s players.

"Finally, I am looking forward to the end of the season and I hope to be able to help the club during the finals of the Top 14."

The club said that "Paul O’Connell is and will always be considered a member of the Stade Français Paris family."