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Aug 24, 2009

Anelka keen to see out career at Stamford Bridge

Nicolas Anelka claims he is ready to pledge his future to Chelsea and stay at the club for the rest of his career.

The French star joined the Blues in January 2008 but, having already moved eight times in his career, the 30-year-old is now looking to stay put at Stamford Bridge.

"Before I came to Chelsea, I have always stated I wanted to play in a big club," he told L'Equipe. "Today I don't want to move anymore. I am very happy here, to play and score for the club.

"I love Chelsea, I love the players I play with, I love playing in the Champions League and I want to stay here as long as possible. Now we will see what will happen."

Anelka also insists that he will have no qualms about being part of a rotation policy at the club under new coach Carlo Ancelotti.

"I was not surprised to be on the bench against Sunderland. The coach said; 'I will give some rest to some players', and I was part of that. I enjoyed seeing Chelsea win the game - it was good. The most important thing is to win with Chelsea.

"Of course everyone wants to play every game, but the manager said some games he will change the players and get some people to rest and we have to accept it.

"It's important because it's a long season and we need everybody in the squad."

Anelka admits he has struggled with injury in the last few months, and says he is still not 100 per cent.

"I have had a lot of physical trouble for six months. I still have groin pain. Today I have a foot problem, so I have never been really at my best so far. We even asked ourselves the question about surgery this summer.

"It was believed to be a hernia but I didn't think it was a hernia so I didn't want it, because this is a key season with the World Cup coming up and I was right as it finally was a back problem that has disappeared now."

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