Nicolas Anelka has been given compassionate leave after the striker left West Bromwich Albion’s training ground after a training session.
Widespread reports suggest that Anelka had told staff that he was quitting football altogether.
West Bromwich Albion reacted to the situation immediately and released a statement saying that the club has granted the French striker a leave of compassion.
Besides representing different Premier League clubs including Manchester City, Chelsea, Liverpool , Anelka has also played for Real Madrid, Juventus and Paris Saint-Germain in his career which spans over 18 years.
The 34-year-old striker has 69 international caps. On June 19 2010, French Football Federation dropped Anelka from the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa as he voiced his views against the then national coach, Raymond Domenech.
Subsequently he was banned for the next 18 international games for his act. Disappointed with the treatment handed out to him, he retired from international football.
Upon joining West Bromwich Albion, after being released by Shanghai Shenhua in this summer transfer window, he said he would like to end his career in England.
It remains to be seen whether Anelka has hung up his boots altogether or if will be back after compassionate leave.
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