Anelka set to complete Shanghai move

Nicolas Anelka will make a move to Chinese club Shanghai Shenhua in January after Chelsea confirmed the deal, ESPN reports.

Anelka recently handed in a transfer request at Stamford Bridge, due to his unhappiness at lack of first-team opportunities. Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas accepted the request and froze Anelka, along with defender Alex, out of the first-team, making them train alone. The French striker has now agreed terms with the Chinese club and will earn £175,000 a week during his two year deal.

A host of clubs were linked with a move for the 32 year old, including West Ham United and MLS side Montreal Impact, but Anelka chose the move to China. The 32 year old could link up with fellow Frenchman Jean Tigana, who is being earmarked to take over the managerial position in Shanghai. Anelka has been with Chelsea for three years and was considered a regular before the arrival of Villas-Boas. The form of young striker Daniel Sturridge, as well as the summer arrival of Juan Mata, has left Anelka on the bench.

The former Arsenal, Liverpool and Real Madrid star has been welcomed by Shenhua captain Yu Tao, who wrote on Webo, the Chinese equivalent of Twitter: ‘It’s impossible not to be excited by this – a warm welcome to our new team-mate’.

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