LONDON: Ukraine striker Andriy Shevchenko has said he will not be forced out of Chelsea’s attacking line-up by the arrival of Frenchman Nicolas Anelka.
Anelka, who joined last week from Bolton Wanderers in a 15 million pounds deal, is looking forward to forging a partnership with Ivorian Didier Drogba at the Premier League club.
However, Saturday’s newspapers quoted Shevchenko, who is currently sidelined by an ankle injury, as saying he would fight to keep his place.
“I am not worried about other players coming to the club,” said the 2004 European player of the year, who joined Chelsea from AC Milan for 30 million pounds in 2006.
“I believe in my ability. I know that if I’m in good form I can be as good as any of the players here. I believe I can keep a place in this team. Before this injury I was feeling good,” the 31-year-old added.
“I was in good form and I was scoring goals. I want to carry on that form when I come back.
“New players only make the squad here stronger and that is good for the club... a club like Chelsea is always going to bring good players in. That is what you expect. It means everybody has to fight a bit harder to get into the team. I am the same,” Shevchenko said.