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West Brom have completed the signing of French striker Nicolas Anelka on a one-year deal.
A Romelu Lukaku hat-trick sees West Bromwich Albion come back from 5-2 down to draw 5-5 with Man Utd on Sir Alex Ferguson's final game.
I am not going to deny that he used that word (retiring) in the conversations we had with him. But we have given him time to go away and think about it and I do not think we could do any more in the circumstances as they were...
– Steve Clarke, West Bromwich Albion head coach
I went in and had a very brief chat with him, and he was not 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.
West Bromwich Albion head coach, Steve Clarke, has confirmed Nicolas Anelka has been given 'indefinite' time away from club duty on compassionate grounds, after the player was hit badly by the sudden death of his agent.
The Scot also said Anelka did speak about retiring from football, when he asked to leave the club following Eric Manasse's death.
Nicolas Anelka will miss West Bromwich Albion's game against Everton tomorrow on 'compassionate gounds'.
He has tweeted 'RIP Eric Manasse', who died earlier this week, and expressed his grief on his Facebook page. Manasse was Anelka's agent.
Suggestions are that his death has hit Anelka hard, and is what caused the striker to walk out of the club yesterday.
RIP Eric Manasse https://t.co/B4t79kRjwz
West Brom have signed Manchester City winger Scott Sinclair on a season-long loan with a view to a permanent deal.
West Bromwich Albion have signed Manchester City winger Scott Sinclair on a season-long loan with a view to a permanent move.
The full statement from West Brom regarding Nicolas Anelka:
"West Brom striker Nicolas Anelka has been excused from duty in the Barclays Premier League game against Everton this weekend on compassionate grounds, the club have confirmed."
West Bromwich Albion have released a statement on reports that striker, Nicolas Anelka, has walked out of the club. They say they have excused the Frenchman one compassionate grounds.
The club have confirmed he will not take part in their match against Everton this weekend.
West Bromwich Albion striker Nicolas Anelka has walked out on the club, announcing he will retire with immediate effect, according to reports in the Telegraph.
More to follow.
Nicolas Anelka is set to make his competitive West Brom debut in Saturday's Premier League clash with Southampton at The Hawthorns.
The 34-year-old, scorer of seven pre-season goals for Albion since joining in July, is one of three new faces added to the squad this summer along with fellow striker Matej Vydra and defender Diego Lugano, both of whom could also be involved in the campaign-opening game.