Shevchenko: I want to stay a Blue

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Andriy Shevchenko wants to honour his contract with Chelsea and will report for pre-season training with the Blues on July 9.

The Ukraine forward, who spent last season on loan at AC Milan, has one year left on his contract with the Barclays Premier League outfit - and intends to see it out.

"On July 9 I will join Chelsea in pre-season training," said Shevchenko to Corriere dello Sport. "Then we will see what happens."

The 32-year-old hopes the arrival of former Milan coach Carlo Ancelotti at Chelsea will allow him to prove his worth at Stamford Bridge.

"I have spoken to the coach who has given me an appointment for pre-season training," he said.

"I have one year left on my contract with Chelsea and I intend to respect it and honour it in the best possible way."

Shevchenko's second spell at Milan proved unsuccessful with the striker scoring twice in nine starts for the Rossoneri last term.

Serie A club Roma are reportedly keen to acquire Shevchenko's services but the player insists his priority is to stay at Chelsea.

"If there was a concrete offer then I would evaluate it together with Chelsea," said Shevchenko. "If it will not be possible to continue my career at Chelsea then I will look at other options.

"I consider (Roma coach Luciano) Spalletti a great coach, serious and prepared. He is able to bring out the best of his players. When I met him there was a good feeling between us."

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