Chelsea is where I want to stay says Andriy Shevchenko
22 June 2009 10:40
The Ukraine forward, who spent last season on loan at AC Milan, has one year left on his contract with the Premier League outfit - and is adamant he wants to see ut the remaining 12 months.
"On July 9 I will join Chelsea in pre-season training," he said to Corriere dello Sport. "Then we will see what happens."
The 32-year-old hopes the arrival of former AC Milan coach Carlo Ancelotti at Chelsea will allow him to prove his worth at Stamford Bridge and allow him a final season in the Premier League.
"I have spoken to the coach who has given me an appointment for pre-season training," he continued. "I have one year left on my contract with Chelsea and I intend to respect it and honour it in the best possible way."
Shevchenko's second spell at Milan proved unsuccessful with the striker scoring twice in nine starts last term. Serie A club Roma are reportedly keen to acquire his services but the player has no intention to be playing with anyone other than Chelsea.
"If there was a concrete offer then I would evaluate it together with Chelsea," said Shevchenko.
"If it will not be possible to continue my career at Chelsea then I will look at other options - I consider (Roma coach Luciano) Spalletti a great coach, serious and prepared.
"He is able to bring out the best of his players. When I met him there was a good feeling between us."
Regardless of his less than successful 2008/09 campaign, Sevchenko concluded by thanking all those who had helped expand his career in Italy.
"(Adriano) Galliani and (Silvio) Berlusconi told me I could go back to Milan and I wanted to go," he said.
"I want to thank Milan, the club, the team and the supporters, who were sensational. But I understood that I wouldn't be staying when, around Christmas and New Year, I wasn't playing regularly."