Wednesday, January 2, 2008
Anelka admits to Chelsea interest
Bolton striker Nicolas Anelka looks ever more likely to leave the Reebok
Stadium after admitting he would love a move to Chelsea.
The France forward signed a new four-year contract earlier this season but his
superb form this campaign - where he has already scored 10 goals - has seen him
heavily linked to a move to a bigger club.
'The chairmen (of Bolton and Chelsea) are discussing it,' Anelka told French
sports daily L'Equipe. 'I really hope it happens - and especially that I am
eligible to play in the Champions League.
'But until the contract is signed and I am presented to the press in my new
shirt, nothing is done.'
The former Arsenal striker has also been linked with a return to Manchester
City where he played from 2002-05.
And the 28-year-old insists that would not be a step backwards.
'I want to go to a bigger club and that's what City have become under a
manager such as (Sven-Goran) Eriksson, who I was ready to join in 1999 at
Lazio,' added Anelka.
'Staying at Bolton, where I am very happy, wouldn't be a punishment
Bolton are expected to ask around £19million for Anelka - £11million more than
they paid Fenerbahce for him in August 2006.
And agent Doug Pingisi is sure the in-form frontman is destined to leave
sooner rather than later.
'Nico is ready to join a club at the height of his talent and his football,'
he said. 'I would love to see him sing the Champions League anthem every