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11 Jan 2017



At the start of the 2007-08 season Anelka signed a new four-year contract at Bolton, but by the time the winter transfer window was opened the France striker had made it clear he wanted to move on.

He had made it clear that he wanted to play Champions League football and Chelsea were a club who could offer him that.

The Bolton manager at the time, Gary Megson, said: "Once it became obvious that he saw his future away from the club the idea was then to get as much money as we could for him."

They did a good job in doing that, as the Bolton board rejected bids of £10m and then £12m before finally agreeing to sell Anelka to Chelsea for £15m.

On his arrival at Stamford Bridge, Anelka claimed: "Chelsea is the team I really wanted to join and I hope this will be the last club that I play for."

Just 24 hours after completing the fifth £10m+ transfer of his career, Anelka made his Chelsea debut against Tottenham, but would have to wait until February 2 for his first Premier League goal in Blue, against Portsmouth. 

He would not score another league goal that season and missed the crucial seventh penalty, which was saved by Edwin van der Saar, in the 2008 Champions League final shoot-out against Manchester United.

Anelka bounced back the following season, finishing it as the Premier League's top scorer with 19 goals, which included his first Chelsea hat-trick against Sunderland on November 1.

In 2010-11 he and Ashley Cole became the first players to win the Premier League and FA Cup double with two different clubs. Anelka had achieved that feat at Arsenal in the 1997/98 season. 

He reached 50 goals for the club in a Champions League group game against Spartak Moscow in October 2010 and scored Chelsea's first goal of the 2011-12 campaign. It would be his last goal for the Blues.

In December 2011, he handed in a transfer request and within days it was confirmed that he would join Chinese Super LEague team Shanghai Shenhua in the January transfer window.

Anelka's dream of Chelsea being his last club was over. In fact, after Shanghai, he would go on to play for West Brom, Juventus and Mumbai City  


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