Nicolas Anelka's move to Brazilian side Atletico Minero has broken down after the player failed to turn up in Brazil this week. Is this the last mistake?
For a career that has been littered with controversy and headlines, it’s no surprise that Nicolas Anelka’s current ongoing move to Brazil seems to have hit the buffers and the former Chelsea, Liverpool and West Brom striker is once again without a club.
On Tuesday the French press asked the question, “Ou est Anelka?” Where is Anelka? The answer at the time was that no one quite knew where he was.
The French forward was set to arrive in Brazil on Monday to sign for Atletico Mineiro, the move would see him line up beside Brazilian playmaker Ronaldinho and the club had already celebrated the move by selling club shirts with Anelka’s name on the back.
Perhaps the Brazilian side had jumped the gun, but it’s not normal for a club president to announce the move for it to then break down.
Anelka é do Galo.— Alexandre Kalil (@alexandrekalil) April 6, 2014
However, Anelka was nowhere near Brazil and the story emerged that he was on a religious retreat in Kuwait and he was quoted in France Football saying that he would not talk about football
“Je suis en visite religieuse au Koweït et je ne vais parler de football”
It seems the French striker has burned his bridges in Brazil, with Mineiro presidentclub director, Eduardo Mauf, possibly taking further action against the former Manchester City striker by going to FIFA.
Atlético informando que Anelka não será contratado.— Marcelo Bechler (@marcelobechler) April 15, 2014
For Anelka it is now difficult to see him easily finding another club willing to sign him. Any club in Brazil will be wary of making any deal. France clubs will not want the added exposure via the Quenelle saga, for now, Anelka is running out of countries and teams that would be willing to sign him.
The smart money would be on a money-spinning move to Qatar, that way he could end his career on a financial high and escaped the Western media.
Scandal has followed him throughout every chapter, it would have been nice for him to finish in Brazil on a high. It’s not clear where the misunderstanding happened, but his actions have put an end to that move, and now he has to convince someone else that he is worth the trouble.