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Striker Nicolas Anelka has told Chelsea he is ready to pledge his future to the club while the Blues wait for their France teenager Gael Kakuta to make up his mind over a new deal.

Anelka scored his 50th goal in Chelsea's colours in the 2-0 Champions League victory over Spartak Moscow in midweek and is in the best form of his career. The former France international has scored eight goals so far this season and is so content at Stamford Bridge that he is already looking to extend his contract at the end of the season.

"I don't know what will happen in the future. After this season I have one more year on my current deal and I will see what will happen because you never know. But I am very happy here and I would be glad to sign for more years." said Anelka.

"I am just very satisfied to achieve two landmarks with Chelsea in goals scored and how long I have spent here, it has just been special to score goals for Chelsea."

He added: "It is the first time I have scored that many for any club but it is the first time I have spent more than two-and-a-half years at a club as well. It shows how happy I am at Chelsea. When I first signed here I knew had arrived at a big club and I wanted to stay as long as possible.

But while one Frenchman is ready to settle, coach Carlo Ancelotti is still hoping that Kakuta will also commit himself to the club.

The 19-year-old signed for Chelsea in 2007 but then suffered a broken ankle.

He was banned for four months by FIFA in 2009 for breaching his contract with the French club in order to sign for the Blues. But this fine and Chelsea's subsequent ban on signing players for two transfer windows was eventually quashed by the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

But his future is again on the agenda with his current deal set to expire next summer.

"I don't discuss the salary of players," said Ancelotti. "Technically, it's best for Kakuta - he's young, he's trying to improve and we're the best team for him to stay with. He has to take a decision to sign or not. We're sure he'll sign because he's an intelligent player and an intelligent man."

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