"I am not one to talk a lot, certainly not in the dressing room, but that is not being rude, it's because I am basically shy"
"Other players will tell you I don't speak too much. But they respect who I am and how I am"
"I converted to Islam when I was 16 because most of the kids in the Paris suburb where I grew up were Muslim. I don't pray in the dressing room or anything like that"
"It's a private thing that I take home with me but I like to live a good life"
"So who is the real Nicolas Anelka? I am just a simple person. I want to enjoy my football. I don't do much outside. I just go home and watch TV and sit with my friends"
"The image of me as some sort of trouble-maker is wrong. I don't go out much and you will never see me drunk"
"And on the pitch I have just one red card, when I was at City - against Arsenal!"
"For me, a good night out is at a restaurant with family and friends. That's it."
Interview by ROB SHEPHERD