Andriy Shevchenko to leave Chelsea in search of first-team football

Carlo Ancelotti says Shevchenko made decision to leave
Ukrainian likely to return to former club Dynamo Kiev

Andriy Shevchenko

Andriy Shevchenko was signed by Chelsea from Milan for £30m in 2006. Photograph: Michael Regan/Getty Images

The Chelsea manager, Carlo Ancelotti, has confirmed that Ukrainian striker Andriy Shevchenko has chosen to leave the club. Ancelotti said that Shevchenko’s decision was based on a desire to play first-team football – something he could not be guaranteed at Stamford Bridge. Shevchenko spent last season on loan with Ancelotti at Milan but returned to Chelsea this summer. He made an appearance as a substitute against Sunderland in the 3–1 win at the Stadium of Light, and Ancelotti had hoped the Ukrainian would play a part in Chelsea’s season. However, the 32-year-old has now decided it would be better to try and find first-team football elsewhere, despite having a year left on his contract. It is understood Shevchenko will return to Dynamo Kiev, the club where he made his name in the late 90s, although Chelsea are unlikely to receive a fee. Such is the amicable nature of his parting that Chelsea may even absorb some of Kiev’s costs by part-funding his £120,000-a-week wages.

“I spoke with Shevchenko,” said Ancelotti. “He would like to play with continuity here but it is difficult for me to give him the possibility to play a lot of matches and he will take the right decision for him. We have told him he can go. Sheva didn’t have the possibility to play consistently, so he has taken the decision to go.” Ancelotti denied that Shevchenko had chosen to quit after being omitted from the Champions League squad. “No, he did not, because I [still] have the time to choose the squad for the Champions League,” said Ancelotti. “Here, Shevchenko did not have the opportunity to play with continuity. He made the decision because of this only.”

The Italian also rejected speculation that Chelsea had submitted a £57m bid for the Bayern Munich midfielder, Franck Ríbery. “No that is not true,” said Ancelotti.

another favourite player of mine. but this one does not shine as others. i loved his predatorial finishes during his stay in dynamo kiev. then he moved to ac milan in which i still followed. then he came to chelsea. there was too much pressure on him i guess. it went down badly for him there. i still believe that sheva is still dangerous. its just that he needs more games. err is it possible if he can be transferred to manchester united for free. i think he’s better than berba. anyway good luck sheva! article from Guardian.

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