Anelka keen to extend Chelsea stay
Nicolas Anelka has told Chelsea he is ready to pledge his future to the club while the Blues wait for their French teenager Gael Kakuta to make up his mind over a new deal.
Anelka scored his 50th goal in Chelsea's colours in the 2-0 UEFA Champions League victory over Spartak Moscow in midweek and is in the best form of his career. The former France international has scored eight goals so far this season and is so content at Stamford Bridge that he is already looking to extend his contract at the end of the season.
"It is the first time I have scored that many for any club but it is the first time I have spent more than two-and-a-half years at a club as well," said Anelka. "It shows how happy I am at Chelsea. When I first signed here I knew had arrived at a big club and I wanted to stay as long as possible.
"I don't know what will happen in the future. After this season I have one more year on my current deal and I will see what will happen because you never know. But I am very happy here and I would be glad to sign for more years. I am just very satisfied to achieve two landmarks with Chelsea in goals scored and how long I have spent here, it has just been special to score goals for Chelsea."
While one Frenchman is ready to settle, coach Carlo Ancelotti is still hoping that Kakuta will also commit himself to the club. The 19-year-old signed for Chelsea in 2007 but then suffered a broken ankle.
He was banned for four months by FIFA in 2009 for breaching his contract with the French club in order to sign for the Blues. But this fine and Chelsea's subsequent ban on signing players for two transfer windows was eventually quashed by the Court of Arbitration for Sport. However, his future is again on the agenda with his current deal set to expire next summer.
"I don't discuss the salary of players," said Ancelotti. "Technically, it's best for Kakuta - he's young, he's trying to improve and we're the best team for him to stay with. He has to take a decision to sign or not. We're sure he'll sign because he's an intelligent player and an intelligent man."
Chelsea take on Wolves at Stamford Bridge tomorrow with full-back Jose Bosingwa set for his first start in a year following knee problems. The Blues also welcome back striker Didier Drogba after a virus but there is still no return for England midfielder Frank Lampard.
Ancelotti is determined to protect Lampard until he is fully fit. The midfielder is currently training on his own but due to train with the team again at the end of next week. "I can say that Bosingwa will start - this is very good news after a long period," said Ancelotti.
"Everyone is excited to see him back and he's a very important player. We need a full-back with power and resistance. He has all these skills. Drogba will come back. He is fit and is able to play. Frank is progressing very well and the next step will be to train with the team and after that to play.
"We have to be patient with Frank because he had a problem and he's trying to progress. We don't want to take a risk and so, for this reason, we have to take more weeks to put him in the best position to play. He won't be able to play from the beginning against Blackburn, but he will be able to play the week after."
Ancelotti was spared more questioning on the situation regarding Manchester United's Wayne Rooney when the news broke during Chelsea's pre-match press conference that the England player had signed a new five-year deal to stay at Old Trafford.
"I'm not surprised," said Ancelotti. "Manchester United are happy to keep a fantastic player. I think that Rooney did a fantastic job for Manchester United and, in the future, I think he will do the same."
Chelsea also announced an extension of their global partnership with sportswear firm adidas that will see the brand continue to be an official sponsor and sportswear supplier to the club over the next eight years.