African ace plays down Chelsea exit

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Chelsea striker Salomon Kalou has refused to comment on rumours linking him with a January move to Marseille but admits he wants more game time, reports

The 26-year-old Ivorian international has made just two Barclays Premier League appearances for the Blues this season, leading to speculation he could leave west London when the transfer window reopens.

Blues boss Andre Villas-Boas has a number of attacking options available to him at Stamford Bridge, but with both Didier Drogba and Nicolas Anelka poised to leave Chelsea in the New Year, the Portuguese tactician may want to keep hold of Kalou as back-up to his first-choice strikers.

However, French radio station RMC are reporting that Kalou could be loaned out in January as Marseille plan to step up their interest in the player if he doesn't go to the African Nations Cup.

"I have nothing to comment on the rumours," said Kalou. "Olympiakos were interested but I'm not interested in Greece. I want to play more and more."

Daniel Sturridge has impressed for Chelsea since his promotion into the first-team, but with Fernando Torres still failing to rediscover his best form, Kalou's patience may be about to pay off as he waits in the wings for his chance.

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