Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 21 October 2014

Anelka hopes to finish at West Brom

Nicolas Anelka is plotting to fire West Brom into Europe

Nicolas Anelka plans to end his career at West Brom.

The 34-year-old former France international signed a one-year deal at the Hawthorns on Thursday night with the option of a further 12 months, and is hoping to see out his footballing days in the Black Country.

He told the club's official website, www.wba.co.uk: "I think I will finish in England, I'm happy here. I also hope that it will be with this club. I think this is the right club for me."

He added: "I'm 34 years old now and I want to enjoy my football. I hope everything will be perfect. I hope we will be successful this year and hopefully we will reach Europe. We will try to do better than last season.

"That's why I'm here. When I spoke with the head coach, he said he wants to do better than last year. We will try our best to do that. We will also try to do the same in the cup competitions."

Anelka's relationship with Baggies boss Steve Clarke, who he also worked with at Chelsea, proved key in his decision to return to England from his short spell at Juventus.

He said: "I know the club and I know the head coach, which was very important for me.

"He knows how to use me on the pitch, which is important later on in your career.

"I know he likes to play football and that's why I signed here. He knows me and I know him. I also have friends in the changing room."

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