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Former Chelsea striker Nicolas Anelka says that his failure to secure a permanent move to Liverpool is one of the biggest regrets he has had in his career. The former French international is currently playing in the Indian Super League after having come close to retirement. Anelka is one of the few players who has represented several clubs in his career. He has featured for the likes of Manchester City, Liverpool, Arsenal, Chelsea, Real Madrid, and Paris St Germain. Even though he is considered as a top striker, he has been unable to settle at a club for a long period.
At Liverpool, he was just on a season-long loan and failed to make the move permanent. Reflecting back on his career, the 35-year-old has stated that the six months spent at Liverpool could have earned him a permanent move should he be involved careful. He also says that Liverpool manager Gerard Houllier was not especially interested in making the loan deal permanent. Anelka reckons that his career would have taken a different path had he signed for Liverpool permanently. The Frenchman featured in only 20 league matches for the Merseyside outfit. He went on to sign for four other Premier League clubs since his departure.
“I have only one regret in my career, to have not signed at Liverpool after my good six months on loan.Everyone wanted me to stay: the fans, the players, the staff and myself!Despite one of the my best periods of my life on the pitch, one man decided differently (Gerard Houiller). Since then he has admitted that he made a mistake and he should have signed me. Not staying at Liverpool was the turning point of my career. If I had signed there, I would have stayed on long-term. Liverpool is in my heart and their fans too,” said Anelka.
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Nicolas Anelka will play for Mumbai City Football Club in the upcoming new league launched by the football association of India which is named Indian Super League.
There were already rumours of Anelka going to become a part of that league soon, but, nobody was sure which franchise he would opt for.
There were a couple of franchises in the race and the agent of Anelka, in one of his interviews, of late had said that he was waiting to see what sort of offer the Indian clubs come up with.
The agent was obviously pointing towards the money there and thus, there are no surprises that the French striker has joined Mumbai City as it’s one of the richest clubs in the league and would surely have offered him the most bucks.
There has not been any official word regarding how much Anelka has been signed for, but, going by some of the reports, the amount is somewhere close to 1 million US Dollars.
Mumbai has already secured the services of Manuel Friedrich, a 35-year old centre-half from Germany. Actually, it was believed earlier that he was going to be named as the club’s marquee player, but, eventually, Anelka, having played more football than him, got that honour.
It’s not only Anelka and Friedrich who are the big names to be going to play in the league. There are a couple more. Luis Garcia, the marquee player of Atletico De Kolkata, is the one, while, Alessandro Del Piero, the marquee player of Delhi Dynamos is another.
The first match of ISL 2014 will be played on 12th October at the Salt lake Stadium. Mumbai City FC and Atletico De Kolkata will be the two teams playing in that match.
It will be an away game for Mumbai City.
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Rio Ferdinand recently completed a return to the Premier league after signing a one-year contract with QPR. The 35-year-old defender was a free agent after leaving Manchester United at the end of last season. Once the most expensive defender in English football after his £ 31 million transfer from Leeds United, Ferdinand is on his last legs with regard to his playing career. However, he clearly feels that he can play at the top and this is one of the reasons for coming to QPR. Despite being 35 and being marginalised that Manchester United, Ferdinand has revealed that he could have stayed at the Premier League giant.
After the sacking of David Moyes, Ryan Giggs, who was acting as the interim manager, reportedly persuaded him to stay on. However, the prospect of having to wait several matches for a few minutes on the pitch did not appeal to the former England international. At the peak of his career, he formed an impeccable partnership with the Nemanja Vidic at the back and it formed the basis for numerous title successes. Ferdinand has termed the upcoming spell with QPR as a fairytale ending to his career. The move to QPR has reunited him with Harry Redknapp, who was his manager at West Ham several years ago.
“When he (Giggs) took over he made it clear I would have stayed and been part of his plans. But in football things change quickly and the new manager came in and things went a different way. (Would you have stayed?) I made it clear (I would) but at the end of the season they told me I was leaving the club and that happens in football. I’m just happy to be here now. I started my career with Harry Redknapp at West Ham and to finish my career with him is a fairytale,” said Ferdinand.
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