Clarke also explained the circumstances surrounding his temporary leave, ridiculing speculations that the French striker walked out of training and said the door was still open to him.
“It wasn’t dramatic, there was no big bust-up, he didn’t storm out of the training ground – it is just a boy who is really quite upset,” he said.
“I’m not going to deny that he used that word in the conversations we had with him. But we’ve given him time to go away and think about it and I don’t think we could do any more in the circumstances as they were.
“He was down, really down. He was actually injured. He hadn’t trained with us this week, so I was preparing the team for Everton without Nicolas in it anyway – he got a kick against Southampton.
“Once he gets his head clear and we can sit down and have a proper chat, yeah, sure. But at the moment this is the best course of action for both Nicolas and the club.”