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Soccer-Anelka trains at PSG but only as a friend, Ancelotti says
January 10, 2013 / 1:21 PM / 5 years ago

Soccer-Anelka trains at PSG but only as a friend, Ancelotti says

PARIS, Jan 10 (Reuters) - Paris St Germain coach Carlo Ancelotti has welcomed former player Nicolas Anelka into the club’s training camp as a friend, but has no plans to sign him, the Italian said on Thursday.

“We did not think about (signing him). I do not think there’s an opportunity,” Ancelotti told a news conference ahead of Friday’s Ligue 1 home game against Ajaccio.

“He only asked to train. He played under me and we are friends now. I allowed him to train because of our friendship.”

Former Chelsea forward Anelka, who wants to leave his Chinese club Shanghai Shenhua amid reports of unpaid wages, has spent a couple of days at PSG’s Camp des Loges training facility and joined the PSG squad for a warm-up on Thursday.

French media have linked the 32-year-old Anelka, who spent two years at Chelsea with Ancelotti from 2009, with several Premier League sides. (Writing by Gregory Blachier; Editing by Clare Fallon)

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