Steve Clarke has confirmed that Nicolas Anelka wants to leave West Brom, despite having only signed this summer, according to the Metro.
Initial reports yesterday had suggested that Anelka had simply left training yesterday, stating his desire to leave the club, but GiveMeSport now understands that the French striker is bereaving over the death of long-time agent and close friend Eric Manasse.
The 34-year-old forward, who has represented a host of clubs during a glittering career, is said to be so shocked by Manasse's passing that he has asked West Brom to terminate his contract, effectively allowing him to retire.
"Nicolas lost a close friend and an agent over the weekend – he died suddenly," said Clarke
"I went in and 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.
"I think when you are in a bad place those kind of thoughts [retirement] can come into your mind, and I’m not going to deny that he used that word in the conversations we had with him.
"Really, that is as much as there is to tell on the situation – it wasn’t dramatic it is just a boy who is really quite upset," the West Brom manager finished.
Anelka is said to have cleared his lock at the Baggies' training ground, and will not be in the squad who face Everton this weekend.
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