Shevchenko eyes swansong in MLS

May 21, 2007

Chelsea's Ukrainian striker Andriy Shevchenko has revealed how he would like to become part of the growing football revolution in America at some stage of his career.

Shevchenko, who joined the Premiership club for £30million last summer, has failed to reproduce the kind of form which prompted Chelsea to pay AC Milan a record fee.

But the 30-year-old, who missed Chelsea's FA Cup final victory over Manchester United on Saturday because of a groin injury, admits to having an ambition to play in the US.

Real Madrid's David Beckham is about to cross the Atlantic to join Los Angeles Galaxy and Shevchenko said: 'I'd like to play there, actually.

'Soccer is growing in the US and I'd like to be a part of that. I played there last summer against the MLS All-Stars and I saw myself that it's definitely improving.'

Shevchenko maintains that playing out of position for Chelsea did not help his cause during a difficult opening season at Stamford Bridge but he insists he was happy to make the sacrifice for the benefit of the team.

'It wasn't a great season but it hasn't been the worst,' Shevchenko told SI.com.

'People always expect a lot from me. I wasn't well in the first four months, partly because of fatigue from the World Cup and partly because of the injury I was carrying. But then I had a good stretch in the middle of the season.

'In the end, despite everything, I ended up with 14 goals and 11 or 12 assists, and that's not a bad season.

'I know people wanted 30 goals a season, but the reality is that it can't happen every season. With all the problems I had, I don't think I did that badly.

'I didn't play in my position this year. I wasn't the key of the attack. I was playing further behind, away from goal, which is different from how I played at Milan and maybe that's why Didier Drogba scored so many goals this year.

'We made a good partnership with me setting him up some of the time. At Milan I played in my natural role. Here I had to adapt to be something else and I did it so I could help the team. The main priority for me is feeling well next season.'

Meanwhile, captain John Terry has dismissed suggestions that he was ready to hand in a transfer request as 'ludicrous' and insists he wants to sort out his Chelsea future as soon as possible.

Terry's position at the club came under increasing speculation in the build-up to the first FA Cup final at the new Wembley, which Chelsea won 1-0 thanks to Drogba's 33rd goal of the season five minutes from the end of extra time.

Terry was understood to have rejected Chelsea's latest offer and, according to reports, was on the verge of handing in a transfer request.

But Terry declared: 'That's ludicrous. I would never do that. Now the season is over for Chelsea, I'd like to think things are going to get sorted out and I'm hopeful we will be in talks.

'I didn't want to be in talks in the build-up to the FA Cup final and the build-up to what could have been us possibly retaining the Premiership.

'I told Chelsea to wait and we would go again in the summer. It was not right to go into important games with things on your mind and being unhappy.

'Hopefully it will be resolved as soon as possible really.'