Nicolas Anelka’s Chelsea future is in doubt after contract talks between the striker and Chelsea stalled, fuelling fresh speculation that the France international could leave Stamford Bridge, according to Sky Sports.
The 30 year old striker, who has 17 months left on his current deal, has repeatedly said he is “really happy” at Stamford Bridge and does not want to leave the club.
Speaking to Chelsea’s official website, Anelka said:
“I have been at big clubs before but when I signed for Chelsea I came back to a big club. I had been looking for that and when I arrived at Chelsea I knew I would want to stay for a long time.”
Anelka has built up an impressive partnership up front with Didier Drogba this season, with the Frenchman scoring 12 goals so far this season to Drogba’s 20 goals in all competitions. Anelka told Sky Sports:
“I love playing alongside Didier. He is a target man and he plays with a lot of quality up front.
“It works well because Didier likes to play in front of goal and I love to play around him. I feel most comfortable in this position these days and it’s working well.”
After constantly moving from club to club earlier in his career, with stints at Arsenal, Real Madrid, PSG, Man City, Fenerbahce and Bolton, Anelka was originally unhappy at Chelsea because he had to play on the wing to accommodate Drogba. But under Carlo Ancelotti, the striker has flourished this season, making up for the loss of Drogba and Solomon Kalou in January, with the Frenchman scoring 4 goals for Chelsea when the pair were at the African Cup of Nations.
There is no doubt that Chelsea need to keep Anelka at the club. The Frenchman has forged a partnership with Drogba that Chelsea need to compete for the Premiership, FA Cup and the Champions League this season. He may be 30, but Anelka still has a few years left at the top level and Roman Abrahomovich and Chelsea need to spend whatever it takes to keep the talismanic Frenchman at the club, and reward his excellent performances this season with a new deal.
What do you think? Is keeping Anelka essential for Chelsea?
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