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Nicolas Anelka signs contract extension with Chelsea

Nicolas Anelka
Anelka returned to London after being sent home from the World Cup

Chelsea striker Nicolas Anelka has signed a one-year contract extension to keep him at Stamford Bridge until 2012.

"When I first came to Chelsea I wanted to stay much longer than I did in the past with other clubs," Anelka told the Premier League champions' website.

"There is no need to move anymore so I am very glad to sign a new contract."

Anelka, 31, recently caused controversy when he was sent home from the World Cup squad after verbally insulting France coach Raymond Domenech.

He clashed with Domenech during France's 2-0 defeat against Mexico and ordered home from South Africa after refusing to apologise despite being asked to do so by French Football Federation president Jean-Pierre Escalettes.


It was a low point in a dismal World Cup campaign by the 1998 winners and they failed to win a single match as they went out after the first-round group stage.

France's early exit could work in Chelsea's favour as Anelka has extra time to prepare for the new season after helping the team achieve a league and FA Cup double in May.

The former Liverpool, Manchester City and Arsenal player has scored 42 goals in 123 appearances for Chelsea since joining them from Bolton in 2008.

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

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see also
Anelka sent home for coach insult
19 Jun 10 |  World Cup 2010
Essien extends Chelsea contract
04 Jun 10 |  Chelsea
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09 Jun 10 |  Chelsea

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