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Footballer Anelka signs with Brazil’s Atlético Mineiro

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Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2014-04-06

Controversial French footballer Nicolas Anelka signed with Brazil’s Atlético Mineiro, the club president announced on Sunday via Twitter.

"Anelka is part of Galo,” club president Alexandre Kalil tweeted in Portuguese, referring to Atlético Mineiro’s nickname, which means rooster.

This latest tweet follows several others about Anelka that Kalil has posted over the past few days but is the most concrete so far.

Atlético Mineiro will be the 12th club for which Anelka, 35, has played. His career has been dogged  by controversy.

Most recently, he was dropped from England’s West Bromwich after his use of the "quenelle" gesture, which is often criticised anti-Semitic.

Because Anelka does not have a club, it was possible for him to be signed even after the Brazilian exchange officially closed on April 1. He will be able to play immediately.

At Atlético Mineiro, Anelka will be reunited with his former PSG team mate Ronaldinho.

(FRANCE 24)
 

Date created : 2014-04-06

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