Nicolas Anelka could return to the Premier League

Nicolas Anelka’s path to return to the Premier League is clear after sources learnt he has completed the education course he was ordered to complete following his “quenelle” gesture last season.

Anelka made the gesture after scoring for West Brom in their 3-3 draw at West Ham in December 2013. He was later found guilty by an independent FA commission of an ‘aggravated breach’ of FA Rule E3(2) that includes ‘a reference to ethnic origin and/or race and/or religion or belief’.

The former Arsenal, Manchester City and Chelsea striker was given a five-match ban, fined £80,000 and ordered to undertake the education course.

The 35-year-old paid the fine last year and was forced to serve the remainder of his ban before he could play for Mumbai City in last year’s Indian Super League.

The Frenchman returned to England following his participation in the inaugural league and is now understood to have completed the education course, meaning he is free to resume his playing career in England.

Anelka, who also counts Paris Saint Germain, Real Madrid and Juventus among his former clubs, scored two goals in seven appearances for Mumbai during his eight-week stint in India.