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Chelsea Confirm Anelka Deal

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NICOLAS ANELKA: THE STRIKER DOES NOT FEATURE IN THE PLANS OF ANDRE VILLAS-BOAS
NICOLAS ANELKA: THE STRIKER DOES NOT FEATURE IN THE PLANS OF ANDRE VILLAS-BOAS
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**Terms agreed for Frenchman to move to Far East

Chelsea have confirmed they have agreed a deal for Nicolas Anelka to move to Chinese side Shanghai Shenhua in January.

Stamford Bridge boss Andre Villas-Boas revealed earlier in December that a transfer request from the out-of-favour Frenchman had been accepted.

And ahead of Monday night's crucial match against Premier League leaders Manchester City, Chelsea have announced an agreement has been struck which will see Anelka, a January 2008 signing from Bolton, move to the Far East.

A statement on their official website read: "Chelsea Football Club and Chinese side Shanghai Shenhua have agreed terms for the permanent transfer of Nicolas Anelka in the January transfer window."

Since arriving from Bolton, 32-year-old Anelka has scored 59 goals in 185 games for Chelsea.

But the arrival of Fernando Torres, the faith shown in Daniel Sturridge and Villas-Boas' determination to reduce the average age of his squad have meant opportunities have been limited.

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