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Shevchenko agrees return to Kiev

Andriy Shevchenko
Shevchenko was a record signing by former Chelsea boss Jose Mourninho

Chelsea striker Andriy Shevchenko has rejoined former club Dynamo Kiev on a two-year contract.

The Ukrainian club announced the move on Saturday following Shevchenko's decision to quit Stamford Bridge.

The 32-year-old failed to settle in London, scoring just four goals in 30 Premier League games, following a record £30m transfer in May 2006.

"Sheva didn't have the possibility to play consistently," Chelsea coach Carlo Ancelotti said on Friday.

Shevchenko signed a four-year deal with the Blues but spent last term on loan at his old club AC Milan.

Now his return to Kiev sees his career come full circle, having first emerged through the youth ranks with the Ukrainian club.

Shevchenko, capped 79 times for his country, left Kiev 10 years ago for AC Milan where he became an immensely popular figure, scoring 127 goals in 208 appearances before joining Chelsea.

Owner Roman Abramovich was instrumental in bringing him the former European Footballer of the Year to the club - and although Shevchenko managed 14 goals in all competitions in his first season, his tally fell to eight the following year.

This season, Ancelotti has opted for the forward partnership of Didier Drogba and Nicolas Anelka and has Daniel Sturridge and Salomon Kalou available to provide further striking options.

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And although he made a recent substitute appearance against Sunderland in a 3-1 win at the Stadium of Light, Shevchenko looked unlikely to be given a major role in the long-term.

"He would like to play with continuity here for me," Ancelotti explained.

"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."

Meanwhile, Ancelotti also denied that Chelsea have made a £57m bid for Bayern Munich's French striker Franck Ribery.



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see also
The rise and fall of Shevchenko
31 Mar 09 |  Internationals
Shevchenko completes Milan move
25 Aug 08 |  Chelsea
Chelsea complete Shevchenko deal
31 May 06 |  Chelsea
Abramovich lured me - Shevchenko
29 Jul 06 |  Chelsea


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