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Shevchenko content to be dropped

Chelsea's £30million striker Andriy Shevchenko insists he will not moan if coach Jose Mourinho decides to drop him.

Shevchenko has struggled to adapt to life in English football and has been plagued by talk of a return to AC Milan since arriving at Stamford Bridge in the summer.

The 30-year-old was omitted from Mourinho's list of `untouchable' players when the Portuguese coach named the stars who pick themselves for Chelsea.

But Shevchenko, who has scored just three goals in the Barclays Premiership so far this season, remains adamant that he backs Mourinho and says he will not be offended if the Chelsea boss decides to strengthen his attacking options during next month's transfer window.

Shevchenko, preparing to face Arsenal on Sunday, said: 'A manager has to decide the club's objectives for the whole season. If a manager decides a player has to be dropped, it has to be accepted. This is a team game and there are 22 players all fighting to be in the team.

'I have 100% belief in Jose and I accept what he decides. My work here is to play well and help the team.

'If the club decides they want to bring in other players, I have no problem. Big teams have big objectives. Nobody in any of the big team has a clear right to play all the time.'

Shevchenko's life at Stamford Bridge has been constantly dogged by speculation that he is unhappy with life in London and wants to return to Italy.

But the Ukrainian captain does not see it that way at all and stressed yet again that he has never thought for one moment about going back to Milan.

Shevchenko said: 'I am staying here. It is just talk, talk, talk. I never thought once of this situation about going back to Milan.

'I had difficult times also in Milan, but I earned my respect there. What I am doing here is working hard to help the team to win. When I understand I am at my top form I will have no problems at all.

'My role in the team is the same as it was in Milan - no different. But you need time to adapt to the style of play. I've have no doubts that when I get into my right form, I will play and my objective is for Chelsea to win something important.

'I want to play well for the team and help increase the distance between us and Arsenal.'

Chelsea will recall Ashley Cole against his former club and captain John Terry returns after missing the midweek UEFA Champions League win over Levski Sofia through suspension.

Italian goalkeeper Carlo Cudicini remains doubtful with a leg muscle problem so Hilario and reserve keeper Magnus Hedman are on standby for their clash with Arsenal at Stamford Bridge.