Carlo Ancelotti insists Andriy Shevchenko has a future at Stamford Bridge despite playing just one game in the last 15 months for the Blues.
The Ukraine striker spent last season on loan under Ancelotti at AC Milan and the Italian coach clearly believes he can get the best out of him in England.
"At present he is a Chelsea player and in the future he will be the same," said Ancelotti.
He added: "Now he is in better condition but we have a lot of strikers at the moment and for him it is not easy to find a place on the pitch.
"He trains very well with no problem and he is very happy to stay. He has a good position in the squad because his team-mates like his work.
"There is a good atmosphere in the team and he knows it is not easy to play for Chelsea because the competition is high in the squad.
"Shevchenko had a physical problem last year but now he has overcome that and we can use his quality for the team this year.
"He has no problem staying here. He wants to play but all the players want to play. When they don't play it is difficult to maintain a good feeling, a good atmosphere and motivation. But now he has a good motivation.
"He does not have a mental problem. He is well. But I have to choose who plays and it is not easy."
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