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Aug 29, 2009

Chelsea striker Shevchenko completes Kiev return

Andriy Shevchenko has ended his unproductive three-year stay at Chelsea by returning to Dynamo Kiev, the club that first made him one of Europe's most feared strikers.

Carlo Ancelotti announced on Friday that Shevchenko had expressed a desire to leave Stamford Bridge and the striker, who turned 33 on Saturday, has now signed a two-year deal in the Ukrainian capital.

Shevchenko joined Chelsea for a then British record of £30m in the summer of 2006 but never settled in West London and scored only nine goals in 48 Premier League appearances for the club.

A loan spell with Milan last season - the club where he spent seven glorious years before moving to London - was similarly disappointing and Ancelotti could not find room for the striker in his side after also making the journey to Stamford Bridge.

Shevchenko will now be hoping that another return to familiar surroundings will help rejuvenate his career as he rejoins his first club in professional football.

The striker burst onto the scene at Dynamo and won five consecutive league titles before his exploits on the Champions League scene earned him an £18.7m move to Serie A in 1999.

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