South American Football - Anelka joins Ronaldinho at Atletico Mineiro

Nicolas Anelka has signed for Atletico Mineiro and will play alongside legend Ronaldinho.

South American Football - Anelka joins Ronaldinho at Atletico Mineiro

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Nicolas Anelka (PA)

The 35-year-old, who quit Premier League outfit West Brom last month amid reports that he had been sacked for gross misconduct following his infamous ‘quenelle’ gesture, has been linked to a number of clubs, but the Frenchman has now joined the Copa Libertadores champions, according to club president Alexandre Kalil.

The club are yet to confirm the deal, but Kalil took to Twitter on Sunday morning to announce: "Anelka é do Galo", which translates as "Anelka is a rooster", in reference to the club's nickname.

Anelka had recently stated that he had been seeking a new club, though he was typically coy about where he would be playing his football next season.

"I haven't decided anything yet. My contract with WBA officially ended on 29 March and bar a miracle, there won't be any new challenge before the next season starts, be it in Europe or in an exotic country,” said Anelka.

"I want to play football like when I was young, connect myself again with the love for the game of my debut."

Though there is nothing concrete as of yet, it is looking increasingly likely that Belo Horizonte will be the destination for Anelka’s next move.

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