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 Posted by ESPN Staff
Jan 18, 2006

Anelka ready to commit future to Fenerbahce

Nicolas Anelka insists he is happy with Fenerbahce and not seeking a return to the Premiership.

The French striker has also ruled out moving to Everton on the grounds he is a former Liverpool player.

The 26-year-old declared in a statement on the Fenerbahce website that he is committed to the Turkish club until summer 2008, when the contract he signed upon joining from Manchester City 12 months ago expires.

'I'm very happy at Fenerbahge and in Turkey and I plan to stay until the end of my contract,' he said. 'A club that wants me would have to speak to Fenerbahce. Because my contract is there. The club hasn't told me of any offer.'

Anelka has been the subject of speculation linking him with a January move to Everton and Newcastle, with the Magpies most widely rumoured to be preparing a bid.

He was brought to England by Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger in 1997, and flourished at Highbury and later with City, while his loan move to Liverpool was expected to result in a permanent deal until Gerard Houllier opted out.

He told L'Equipe that Everton would be wasting their time with any approach to Fenerbahce, however in his interview with the French newspaper he did not make the same long-term commitment to his present club.

'I wore Liverpool's shirt and I will never wear Everton's,' he said. 'Until the end of this season, I will stay at Fenerbahce. I am very happy here.'


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