Former Chelsea striker Nicolas Anelka joins Dutch’s Roda


Former France, Arsenal and Real Madrid striker Nicolas Anelka is joining Dutch first division side Roda JC as a consultant, the struggling club said on Wednesday.

“Roda JC has reached a deal with Nicolas Anelka to join as a consultant,” the second from bottom Eredivisie club said.

Anelka, 37, “will arrive this week and start beefing up the club at once,” Roda said in a statement.

The appointment comes in the wake of last week’s announcement that Russian-Swiss investor Aleksei Korotaev has bought a minority share in the club.

Roda did not say how much Korotaev had invested, but local Dutch media reported that it amounted to “millions” of euros.

“Korotaev has big plans with the club. He wants to bring Roda back to the top of the Eredivisie,” influential financial daily Financieel Dagblad said.

“Anelka will focus on the football academy. What exactly he’ll be doing will be discussed in the coming few weeks,” the club said.

He will also act “as an advisor for Roda JC in the French football market,” it added.

Anelka played 69 times at international level and turned out for several prestigious clubs such as Paris Saint-Germain, Liverpool, Chelsea, Manchester City and Fenerbahce.

He will also be remembered for being sent home from the 2010 World Cup after reportedly insulting coach Raymond Domenech at half-time in a defeat to Mexico.

The French players refused to train in protest at their team-mate’s expulsion, but Les Bleus were promptly eliminated in the group stage anyway.

Several of them along with Anelka were punished afterwards, the striker seeing his international career pretty much ending with an 18-game ban.


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