Happy Anelka pledges fu­ture to Chelsea and Ancelotti

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - FOOTBALL -

NI­CO­LAS ANELKA (pic­tured) has pledged to end his ca­reer at Chelsea af­ter find­ing the meth­ods of new coach Carlo Ancelotti to his lik­ing.

The much-trav­elled Anelka hopes to agree an ex­ten­sion to his cur­rent Stam­ford Bridge deal, which runs un­til 2011.

Anelka has been be­hind Di­dier Drogba in the Chelsea peck­ing-or­der for much of his ca­reer at the club. But un­der Ancelotti the pair have started to­gether in at­tack, with Anelka thriv­ing un­der the new regime.

“I wanted to come back to a big club,” Anelka said. “Ev­ery­thing is go­ing well and I don’t need to move any more. I am just glad to help my club and to be here.

“I am very glad to play and to score goals for Chelsea and I hope I will be here for many more sea­sons. I like be­ing here and en­joy play­ing with big play­ers. I like play­ing in the Cham­pi­ons League and want to win ev­ery­thing so I will be pleased to sign for more years here.”

Anelka also con­firmed that Chelsea’s main tar­get this sea­son is winning the Cham­pi­ons League, the only ma­jor prize to elude them dur­ing the Ro­man Abramovich era.

“It is very im­por­tant for us,” Anelka said. “Ancelotti has won it al­ready with [AC] Mi­lan and he knows ev­ery­thing about the Cham­pi­ons League. I think he will help us to do the ex­tra to win it.”

Ancelotti has been im­pressed with Anelka so far, say­ing: “Ni­co­las is a very com­plete striker. He can play in the cen­tre and on the right and left, he can play be­hind the striker.” – The Tele­graph

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