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Clarke hopes for Anelka U-turn

West Brom manager Steve Clarke has confirmed Nicolas Anelka has told him he wants to quit football, but is still hopeful the striker will reconsider his decision.

Last Updated: 23/08/13 at 13:59 Post Comment

Anelka: Wants to quit football

Anelka: Wants to quit football

Anelka, 34, has been granted compassionate leave by the club following the death of his agent Eric Manasse last weekend and will miss Saturday's Premier League game at Everton.

The Frenchman left training early on Thursday, prompting reports he had walked out on the club he only joined last month following a short spell with Chinese side Shanghai Shenhua.

However, Albion quickly issued a statement saying Anelka had left with their blessing and Clarke clarified the situation at his Friday morning press conference.

"Obviously Nicolas lost a close friend and an agent over the weekend - he died suddenly," he said.

"I had a very brief chat with him, and he wasn't in a good place. So the club have decided just to give him a bit of time to go away and think about it and get himself in a better place for the future.

"Really, that is as much as there is to tell on the situation. It wasn't dramatic, there was no big bust-up, he didn't storm out of the training ground. It is just a boy who is really quite upset."

Asked if Anelka had mentioned quitting, Clarke added: "I'm not going to deny that he used that word in the conversations we had with him.

"But we've given him time to go away and think about it and I don't think we could do any more in the circumstances as they were."

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think all those names linked to United exits make sense. Kagawa has never really looked like hitting the form he had at Dortmund and Fellaini is radioactive after last season (even though I think he's been unfairly singled out for criticism). Nani and Anderson have had more than their fair share of chances so they are done, and Hernandez deserves better than warming a bench.

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e'll be off to Spurs (or better) in January and I don't blame him. Looking forward to re-signing Grant Holt as his replacement though.

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n fairness, he does look absolutely shattered in that photo.....

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