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 Posted by ESPN Staff
Jul 10, 2009

Deco happy to stay and fight for his future

Chelsea midfielder Deco is prepared to stay at the club after seeing Inter Milan withdraw their interest in him.

Deco described last season as the worst of his career and was desperate to join Inter, but the Italians insist they cannot afford him.

Now the 31-year-old Portugal international has hinted he may stay at Stamford Bridge for another two years.

"I am getting tired of Europe, but out of respect for Chelsea, I will stay on this continent a while longer,'' said Deco. "I have some offers from other clubs, but if I stay at Chelsea it's important that some things change because things happened last year that I did not like.

"I have had some adaptation problems in England and I've been sidelined with several injuries.''

Meanwhile, new Chelsea striker Daniel Sturridge provided captain John Terry with more reasons why he should reject any thoughts of quitting Stamford Bridge to join his former club Manchester City.

The 19-year-old striker left big-spending City to link-up with Carlo Ancelotti's Chelsea revolution insisting an ambition to win things and play in the Champions League was uppermost in his mind.

City have already had one £30million bid for Terry rejected but there is speculation a fresh offer of around £40million is in the pipeline.

But the lack of Champions League football at Eastlands was the biggest factor in Sturridge's decision to join the Blues and Terry should take note.

"My main motivation was to play in the Champions League,'' said Sturridge. "I am very ambitious and want to push myself to the highest level and play with the best in the world. I believe I can achieve big things at Chelsea.

"I am very young and I will be very patient because there are world-class players here. I am not going to get too upset if I am not playing because I know it is a long season and a lot of games.

"I want to win as many trophies as I can. I am not saying Man City have not got ambitions for the Champions League or for any competition but the main thing for me was to come to Chelsea to better me as a player.

"I will become a man here. The likes of John Terry will push me on to become a better player.

"Manchester City are a completely different club to Chelsea. I have signed for Chelsea and City are in the past. Myself and Mark Hughes didn't have any talks about me leaving City.

"Hopefully as the season goes on I will get the opportunities and show the fans have abilities I have. Any player who is at for a big club will believe they can push themselves to get into the England squad.

"Hopefully by coming here I can get an opportunity to get into the full England squad and push myself to the best I can.''

Having just left City, it was obvious the subject of Terry's future would crop up during his unveiling at the club's Cobham training ground.

But Sturridge added: "That's a matter for John and Chelsea to deal with. I am just looking to make an impact at the club.''

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