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Shevchenko to leave Chelsea in transfer window

Andriy Shevchenko will leave Chelsea by the end of the month because the London side cannot guarantee him regular first-team football.

LONDON // Andriy Shevchenko will leave Chelsea by the end of the month because the London side cannot guarantee him regular first-team football, the Chelsea coach Carlo Ancelotti has said. The Ukraine striker and former European footballer of the year, who turns 33 tomorrow, has been linked with a return to former club Dynamo Kiev but no deal had been struck with any club yet, Ancelotti said. "Shevchenko will decide to go play for another team," said Ancelotti, who coached the Ukrainian last season at AC Milan where the striker was on loan from Chelsea.

"I spoke with Shevchenko and he would like to play with continuity here," Ancelotti said after training for Saturday's Premier League fixture with Burnley. "For me it is difficult to give him this possibility and I think that he has taken the right decision." Shevchenko, who joined Chelsea from AC Milan for £30 million (Dh179.4m) in 2006 in a deal smoothed by Chelsea's Russian owner Roman Abramovich, never settled well at the London club.

The striker is one of the highest scorers in the Champions League and would like to add to his tally. He was in danger of being left out of Chelsea's Champions League squad which Ancelotti must name on Tuesday but the Italian coach said that had nothing to do with Shevchenko's decision. * Reuters