Chelsea manager reveals striker will leave Stamford Bridge

Andre Villas-Boas has been gearing up for one of the biggest matches of his managerial career, with Chelsea facing a daunting trip to Old Trafford, although the Portuguese manager has revealed during one of the press conferences that this will be Nicolas Anelka’s last season at Stamford Bridge. Anelka arrived at Chelsea in January 2008 for £15 million and has…

Andre Villas-Boas has been gearing up for one of the biggest matches of his managerial career, with Chelsea facing a daunting trip to Old Trafford, although the Portuguese manager has revealed during one of the press conferences that this will be Nicolas Anelka’s last season at Stamford Bridge.

Anelka arrived at Chelsea in January 2008 for £15 million and has played an important part in the Blues’ success over the past four seasons, although the Frenchman has entered the final year of his contract and Villas-Boas admits that the 32-year-old will be seeking pastures new.

Villas-Boas said: “It might not be the player’s expectancy to renew.

“Nico as a person is very, very happy, he belongs to Chelsea in the last year of his contract, performing.

“We will make our efforts for him to renew but Nico has his own decision to make and I am not sure he will be willing.”

When asked whether the player had indicated he wanted to leave, Villas-Boas replied: “Yes.”

With Daniel Sturridge emerging as a major talent and the Chelsea manager having several other attacking options at the club, this is not a major surprise and Anelka has played for many clubs during his career, including Arsenal, Manchester City and Liverpool.

Switch to our mobile site