Nicolas Anelka confirms reasons behind compassionate leave

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Nicolas Anelka has confirmed that he has been given compassionate leave by West Brom following the death of his agent Eric Manasse.

It was incorrectly reported earlier today that Anelka had walked out on the Baggies and was pondering retiring from football.

The Frenchman, who joined West Brom this summer and featured in his new club's first game of the season against Southampton last weekend, confirmed on his Facebook page that he was in mourning following the passing of Mr Manasse.

He wrote: "It is with great sadness that I just learned the death of Mr Eric Manasseh. Upset by the news of mourning which strikes his family and relatives, Eric will leave a great void in our lives.

I can't find the words to express my immense sorrow, and I wanted to bring all my condolences to family Manasseh after this tragic loss.

Anelka has plied his trade at various Premier League clubs during his career, including Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester City.

The 34-year-old, who won the Champions League with Real Madrid in 2000, was on loan at Juventus last summer before signing a one-year contract at the Hawthorns.

West Brom confirmed in a statement earlier today that Anelka would sit out their upcoming fixture against Everton and that he had been excused from his duties on compassionate grounds.

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