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Anelka pens Chelsea extension

24 June 2010 05:33
France international Nicolas Anelka has pledged his immediate future to Chelsea by signing a one-year contract extension with the reigning Premier League champions. The 31-year forward will now stay at Stamford Bridge until the end of the 2011-12 campaign. Anelka said: "When I first came to Chelsea I wanted to stay much longer than what I did in the past with other clubs. "It is a big club, you play with big players and I like this club, I like London. There is no need to move anymore and so I am very glad to sign a new contract and I know we will play in big games and win titles. I am very glad." Manager Carlo Ancelotti added: "Nicolas is a fantastic player who has good technical qualities and movement. "When I was coach at Juventus I wanted to buy him, so it is good now he has signed for me and I think Chelsea is his home. I look forward to working with him for one year more." Anelka, who has also played for Paris St Germain, Arsenal, Real Madrid, Liverpool, Manchester City, Bolton Wanderers and Fenerbahce during a nomadic career, has found the net 42 times in 123 appearances for Chelsea since arriving at Stamford Bridge in January 2008. Anelka was sent home last weekend from France's disastrous World Cup campaign after arguing with boss Raymond Domenech at half time in the 2-0 loss to Mexico.

Source: ESA