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Soccer: Anelka says 'No thanks' to Lazio

French striker at centre of anti-Semitism storm

27 January, 18:11
Soccer: Anelka says 'No thanks' to Lazio (ANSA) - Rome, January 27 - French striker Nicolas Anelka, currently at the centre of an anti-Semitism storm, on Monday thanked Rome side Lazio for trying to sign him but said he was staying at English Premier League outfit West Bromwich Albion.

Anelka faces charges at a Football Association tribunal next month for performing the so-called 'quenelle' arm gesture, which some believe is anti-Semitic, while playing for West Brom during a 3-3 draw at West Ham United in December.

"Thanks to Lazio & all the other clubs who wanted to sign me this last days," the 34-year-old, whose contract with West Brom expires at the end of the season, said via his Twitter account, @anelkaofficiel.

"See you this summer if I decide to continue...

"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!," said the former France international, whose old clubs include Paris Saint-Germain, Arsenal, Real Madrid, Manchester City, Chelsea and Juventus.