West Brom signing Anelka delighted to work again with ex-Chelsea coach Clarke

New West Bromwich Albion signing Nicolas Anelka is happy to be reunited with manager Steve Clarke.

New West Bromwich Albion signing Nicolas Anelka is happy to be reunited with manager Steve Clarke.

Anelka admits the Scot knows how to get the best out of him — and Albion — and that is why he turned down other offers to return to the Premier League teams.

The double Champions League winner said: “When I spoke with the head coach he said he wanted to do better than last year. That’s why I am here.

“Last year we finished eighth but we will try to do even better.

“I’m 34 years old now and I want to enjoy my football.

“I know the club and I know the head coach, which was very important for me.

“He knows me and I know him. Importantly, he knows how to use me on the pitch, which is crucial later on in your career.

“I know he likes to play football and that’s why I signed here. I’ve always liked West Brom.

“I scored my last-ever goal for Chelsea against Albion and also twice in one game against them. I have a lot of good memories from playing against West Brom — now I have to do my best to score FOR them.

“The team plays good football and I know I will be able to play my game here.

“Hopefully, I will be able to help the team win more games, although I don’t know which position I will play. But as long as I’m playing and enjoying my football I’m happy.”

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