New Blues deal for Anelka

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Chelsea striker Nicolas Anelka has signed a new one-year extension to his current contract just days after being sent home from the World Cup.

Anelka verbally insulted coach Raymond Domenech during France's clash with Mexico and then missed training after reports of a row with Domenech at half-time in the 2-0 defeat. But the former Arsenal, Real Madrid and Manchester City star was quick to put his international problems behind him by committing himself to Chelsea until 2012

"When I first came to Chelsea I wanted to stay much longer than I did in the past with other clubs," said the 31-year-old. "It is a big club, you play with big players and I like this club, I like London."

He added: "There is no need to move anymore and so I am very glad to sign a new contract and I know we will play in big games and win titles. I am very glad."

Anelka's contract was due expire next year but France's early exit meant Chelsea could finally seal a contract extension that had been put on hold as the club concentrated on winning the League and FA Cup double. The forward's decision to stay has delighted Italian coach Carlo Ancelotti.

"Nicolas is a fantastic player who has good technical qualities and movement," said Ancelotti.

"When I was coach at Juventus I wanted to buy him, so it is good now he has signed for me and I think Chelsea is his home. I look forward to working with him for one year more."

Anelka has appeared 123 times for Chelsea since arriving from Bolton in January 2008. He has scored 42 goals.

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