Shevchenko calls for unity

28 September 2007 07:53
Andriy Shevchenko has urged his Chelsea team-mates to stick together and help new manager Avram Grant make the most of his Stamford Bridge opportunity. The £30million Ukraine international was believed to be indirectly involved in the breakdown of relations which saw former manager Jose Mourinho leave the club last week. According to reports, Shevchenko was not wanted by the Portuguese coach and only joined the Blues from AC Milan last summer due to his friendship with the club's billionaire owner Roman Abramovich. Shevchenko started just 22 league games during his debut season but has called on his colleagues to display unity following Mourinho's departure. "It's a difficult moment for the club, the players, the team, because of big changes in the house, so it's a moment for the players to stick together and do our best for the club," he said. "I know him (Avram Grant) as director of football with the team, like every player. "He tries now as a manager and every player has the same relationship."

Source: ESA