Nicolas Anelka 'does not respect anyone' says man who tried to sign him

Nicolas Anelka

Nicolas Anelka saw a deal to join Atletico Mineiro break down this week.

It has just been another year in the life of Nicolas Anelka.

The former Arsenal and Chelsea star has been at West Bromwich Albion for most of this season - before he made a gesture on the 28th December that saw him land in hot water.

His ‘quenelle’ gesture was deemed anti-Semitic and he was given a five game ban by the FA - when he was told to apologise by West Brom he refused, cancelled his contract via Twitter before the club officially confirmed he had been fired in March.

Now a free agent the 34-year-old seemed to have a deal on the cards to go play football in Brazil.

It was reported that he was on the verge of signing for Atletico Mineiro - the same team Ronaldinho currently plies his trade for.

On April the 6th the deal was even announced by the Brazilian side.

But the plug has been pulled on the deal.

Atletico-MG director Eduardo Maluf has now explained fully just why exactly a deal has been cancelled - by claiming that Anelka has not shown the Brazilian side any respect.

He said:

"We will not wait until the 19th of April. Anelka had the obligation to confirm to us that he had to go the event - which is a Muslim event - and that the invitation was made by the Emir of Kuwait and that he couldn't say no. We were only told about this on the 14th April. I have not spoken to Anelka. I feel that Anelka does not respect anyone, he is an athlete who thinks that he's bigger than his God. The greatness of Atletico Mineiro means we need to be given an explanation about these documents."

The turbulent career of Nicolas Anelka continues - and who knows where he will pop up next.

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