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Sheva not giving up on Blues
22 Jun 2009 - 10:10:01
Striker Andriy Shevchenko does not accept that his Chelsea career is over after pledging to return for pre-season training next month.
The Ukraine striker spent last season on loan at former club AC Milan and was expected to be on his way out of Stamford Bridge this summer.
But Shevchenko, who cost the Blues £30million when he arrived from Milan in 2006, still has one year remaining on his contract and is looking to see it out.
The 32-year-old forward has already spoken to incoming coach Carlo Ancelotti, whom he played under at Milan last season.
"On July 9 I will join Chelsea in pre-season training. Then we will see what happens," Shevchenko told Corriere dello Sport.
"I have spoken to the coach who has given me an appointment for pre-season training.
"I have one year left on my contract with Chelsea and I intend to respect it and honour it in the best possible way."
However, Shevchenko has not categorically ruled out a potential summer transfer amid reports of interest from Serie A side AS Roma.
"If there was a concrete offer then I would evaluate it together with Chelsea," he added.
"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."