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West Brom manager hopes Anelka reconsiders his decision of quitting football

957   //    24 Aug 2013, 17:31 IST
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Nicolas Anelka

West Bromwich Albion manager Steve Clarke hopes Nicolas Anelka will reconsider his decision of retiring from football after being personally affected by the death of his agent.

Anelka had been granted sympathetic leave by the club following the death of his agent Eric Manasse last weekend and will miss Saturday’s Premier League game at Everton.

In an interview with Sky Sports, Clarkesaid: “Obviously Nicolas lost a close friend and an agent over the weekend – he died suddenly.

“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.”

On Anelka’s speaking about retirement, 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.”

Nicolas Anelka had joined West Brom this summer from Shanghai Shenhua.