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By ESPN Staff
May 31, 2006

Shevchenko completes move to Chelsea

Chelsea have confirmed the signing of Ukraine striker Andriy Shevchenko from AC Milan for a fee of around £30million.

The 29-year-old flew into London today to conclude negotiations with the Stamford Bridge club after announcing last week his intention to leave.

A statement posted on the AC Milan website said: 'AC Milan communicates it has ceded definitely the sporting rights of footballer Andriy Shevchenko to Chelsea Football Club.'

Chelsea confirmed the fee is a club record and that the Ukraine captain has signed a four-year contract.

The former European Footballer of the Year said on the club's official website: 'I am here for the challenge and the excitement of playing in the Premier League. I am going from one big club to another and joining a team of champions.

'There is a right moment to join a football club and I think I have arrived here at the perfect time.

'The Champions League has to be a realistic target for next season but it is not just about the Champions League. Chelsea is going for their third Premiership as well and I like the club's mentality of wanting to win every game they play.

'I have followed Mr (Jose) Mourinho's career carefully for the last few years and have been hugely impressed with the way he manages.

'He puts team ethic before individual expression which is the way I believe great teams are created. Had money been my motivation for coming, I would probably have stayed in Milan.

'I am pleased that Chelsea managed to conclude everything before the World Cup - I can go to Germany with a clear mind and proud to be a Chelsea player.'

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