Thursday, August 22, 2013
SO SOON? ANELKA CALLS TIME ON HIS CAREER AS HE WALKS OUT OF WET BROM
Former France International, Nicolas Anelka have walked out on English premier league side West Bromwich Albion in what is termed as ending his contract with the midland club and also calling time on his football career
Anelka is considering his future in the game after a tragedy in his personal life which led to dramatic scenes at the club's training ground.
Officially, the widely travelled frenchman has been granted compassionate leave for an indefinite period after his agent, Eric Manasse, died earlier this week.
it is understood that the ex-Chelsea and Liverpool forward, now 34, cleared out his locker, taking his boots with him before informing the club of his decision to call it a day.
According to sources within the club, Anelka had been considering his position some 48 hours before communicating it to his employers.
It seems that Manasse's death hit the player hard and, after collecting his personal effects, he went to see West Brom's sporting and technical supremo, Richard Garlick.
He told the club's director that he no longer wanted to play football and was quitting the game.
Garlick attempted to persuade Anelka to stay but he left soon afterwards. It is not yet clear whether the player spoke to head coach Steve Clarke.
West Brom issued a statement confirming that Anelka would not be part of the squad for the trip to Goodison Park tomorrow.
It read:'West Bromwich Albion can confirm that Nicolas Anelka will not be involved in Saturday's game at Everton.
'The club have excused the striker from duty on compassionate grounds.'
The former Real Madrid forward only linked up with Steve Clarke eight weeks ago after becoming available on a free transfer following a stint in Italy with Juventus.
He completed a full pre-season and had played in the opening match of the season against Southampton at the Hawthorns last Saturday.
The Saints had clearly earmarked Anelka as a dangerman. He played in a more withdrawn role and had minimal impact as West Brom struggled to break down the visitors' rearguard.
His frustration was clear to see but whether that had any part in his subsequent decision is unknown.