Chelsea 'expect' striker departure

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Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas is expecting striker Nicolas Anelka to leave the club next summer.

The 32-year-old has slipped down the pecking order at Stamford Bridge, and despite making an influential cameo appearance, the forward's career with The Blues appears to be coming to an end.

And when manager Villas-Boas was asked following Chelsea's defeat to Manchester United where Anelka's future lied, the Portuguese boss was unanimous with his response.

"It might not be the player's expectancy to renew," he said.

"We will make our efforts for him to renew but Nico has his own decision to make and I am not sure he will be willing."


"Nico as a person is very, very happy, he belongs to Chelsea in the last year of his contract.

When asked if the player wanted to leave, the boss replied: "Yes."

The form of Daniel Sturridge during his loan spell with Bolton Wanderers last season, has prompted Villas-Boas to promote the England Under-21 international into the first team at the expense of Anelka, and the injured Didier Drogba, another forward whose future is far from certain in west London.

Both are in the final year of their contracts at Chelsea, and the club must do deals with both players before the end of the year, to prevent rival clubs signing the pair on a free.

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