Nicolas Anelka to quit football

Nicolas Anelka has told West Brom he could retire following the death of his agent, but manager Steve Clarke hopes the striker will return to action.

The summer signing will sit out Saturday’s game at Everton after being given compassionate leave.

When asked if the 34-year-old said he planned to quit, Clarke said: “I’m not going to deny that he used that word.

Anelka’s Premier League clubs

Arsenal (1997-99): Played 74, Goals 28
Liverpool (2001-02): P15, Goals 5
Man City (2002-05): P101, Goals 6
Bolton (2006-08): P58, Goals 23
Chelsea (2008-12): P146, Goals 59
West Brom (2013): P1

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