Anelka returns to football

The former Real Madrid player will be the sporting director of Hyères, a French fifth division team that Mourad Boudjellal has bought.


After trying to buy Olympique de Marseille in the summer, Mourad Boudjellal has decided to acquire Hyères Football Club, a team that is currently in the National 2, equivalent to the fifth division of French football. His first decision was to sign Nicolas Anelka as sports director.

The former Real Madrid player, away from the pitch since his retirement in 2017, will join Boudjelall on his second off-pitch adventure, as in 2018 he was manager of the youth players at Lille. It will be his third experience in France, after a first as a player at PSG.

Anelka became interested in team management in 2012. At that time, the French international played for Shanghai Shenhua and decided to combine the position of coach as a player, something he would repeat at Mumbai City in 2015. The goal he will have in Hyères is to put together a competitive team to try to achieve promotion to National and establish himself in professional football.

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