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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 either.'

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 year.'

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