Nicolas Anelka disappointed in front of goal last season
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Nicolas Anelka has dismissed suggestions that he could be on his way out of Chelsea this summer as new boss Andre Villas-Boas aims to rejuvenate the Blues’ squad.
Anelka failed to fire last season, netting just six goals in 31 Premier League matches – although he spent much of his time in a right-wing or advanced midfield role.
Now the 32-year-old faces further competition for a striking role at Stamford Bridge, with Daniel Sturridge returning to the first-team squad after an eye-catching performance on loan at Bolton earlier this year.
But Anelka is unfazed by the prospect of Sturridge’s return to London. “I am still here and still very pleased to be with Chelsea. I like a challenge,” Anelka said in the Evening Standard. “It is all part of the game and when you play at a club like Chelsea you have to be ready to meet the challenge from wherever it comes.
“Every single member of this squad will have to fight to play and I am ready to fight.”
Meanwhile, Anelka has stressed to Villas-Boas, who took over from Carlo Ancelotti this summer, that there is no need to break the bank for midfield target Luka Modric. Chelsea are reported to have had two bids knocked back for the Croatia international as they bid to strengthen the area severely weakened by an injury to Michael Essien.
“I don’t think we need to strengthen the squad if we are going to win the Champions League,” he said. “We have a good squad already. We are strong everywhere and I do not detect any real weaknesses.”