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Anelka keen to stay with West Brom

27 January 2014 17:42

Nicolas Anelka has expressed a desire to stay with West Brom despite the fall-out over his 'quenelle' gesture.

The striker is facing a potential five-match ban after being charged under Football Association anti-racism laws for using the gesture, which is said to have anti-Semitic connotations in his native France, when celebrating a goal in the 3-3 draw at West Ham late last month.

However, the former Arsenal, Real Madrid and Chelsea striker has since appealed the charge and requested a personal hearing.

Anelka is keen to remain in the English game, turning down approaches from a number of clubs including Serie A outfit Lazio, although the 34-year-old did hint at retirement from football at the end of the season.

"Thanks to Lazio & all the others clubs who wanted to sign me this last days. See you this summer if I decide to continue," Anelka posted on his Twitter account.

"But the question is why should I leave my club & England? I'm happy here & I did nothing wrong...

"So now it's time to stay focus on my football with my club & I will try my best on the pitch like I always do!"

Anelka has scored two goals in 11 appearances this season, both in the game at Upton Park, and will look to add to that tally when West Brom travel to local rivals Aston Villa on Wednesday.

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