Nicolas Anelka may have played his last game of professional football after West Brom announce that he will be missing from the clubs next match against Everton.
Early reports are saying that the Frenchman walked out of practice telling the training staff that he was quitting football, yet the club was quick to issue a statement saying he had left with their blessing.
“West Bromwich Albion can confirm that Nicolas Anelka will not be involved in Saturday’s game at Everton,” it read.
“The club have excused the striker from club duty on compassionate grounds.”
Later the news surfaced that Anelka’s agent Eric Manasse had suddenly passed away.
The striker wrote on Facebook: “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 give all my condolences to family Manasseh after this tragic loss.”
Anelka joined the Premiership side in July from Shanghai Shenhua and had looked to be in top form during pre-season matches, where he scoring seven goals.