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Monday 12 December 2011

Chelsea agree to Anelka's China switch

Blues and Shanghai Shenhua reach agreement over transfer of French striker

Nicolas Anelka has scored only once in 15 appearances for Chelsea this season

Chelsea have agreed a deal with Chinese club Shanghai Shenhua that will see Nicolas Anelka leave Stamford Bridge during the January transfer window.

The 32-year-old Frenchman has struggled to hold down a regular place in the Blues side since new manager Andre Villas-Boas took over in June, making only three Barclays Premier League starts this season.

And now the club have confirmed on their official website (chelseafc.com) that Anelka, who joined Chelsea in 2008, will be leaving for pastures new next month.

The much-travelled striker, who has also played for Arsenal, Real Madrid, Paris St Germain, Liverpool, Manchester City, Fenerbahce and Bolton, joined Chelsea from the Trotters in January 2008 for £15m.

He has scored 59 goals in 185 matches for the west London club, helping them to win the FA Cup in 2009 and 2010 and the Barclays Premier League in 2010.

Anelka's contract at Chelsea was due to run out next summer and he had a transfer request formally accepted last week.

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Key Points

  • Chelsea agree deal to sell Anelka to Chinese club
  • French striker struggled to win place in Blues team
  • Anelka scored 59 goals in 185 matches for Chelsea