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Sheva ready to impress
04 Jun 2007 - 08:13:32
Chelsea striker Andriy Shevchenko has vowed to stay at Stamford Bridge and prove himself in English football, after a disappointing first season with the Blues.
The 30-year-old Ukraine ace struggled to adapt following his big-money from AC Milan, netting 14 goals in 51 appearances for Chelsea, sparking talk of a quickfire return to Italy.
However, Shevchenko is determined to prove his worth, as he told The News of the World: "Give me time and next season you will see the real Shevchenko.
"I like playing with Didier Drogba and believe we can be the most effective partnership in the Premiership.
"I have needed some time to acclimatise to England but, given the chance, I can show the supporters the real me.
"I knew it would be difficult to adapt to Chelsea. It's a new club, a new life and it's been a difficult season.
"But I just wish people would give me the time to acclimatise and to get used to it all, then you will see."
Blues boss Jose Mourinho had earlier challenged Shevchenko to find top form, saying: "From Sheva I expect so much more.
"He is not an old player, he is not a young player but he is not an old player, and he has a very good age and experience and fitness condition.
"If he is correct here and keeps his ambition to improve, then everybody is ready to help him become a better player."