Stamford Bridge duo want out.
Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas says he has accepted transfer requests from striker Nicolas Anelka and defender Alex.
Speaking after the Blues’ 3-0 over Newcastle, Villas-Boas said the players would be allowed to leave in January.
“The conversation was fair and direct with the players,” Villas-Boas said.
“The transfer requests were accepted but it doesn’t mean it will happen and if it doesn’t happen they will return to full training.”
Villas-Boas said the pair, who were not in the squad for Saturday’s win, were no longer training with the first-team squad.
Anelka, 32, joined from Bolton in January 2008 for £15m. He has scored 59 goals in 185 appearances for Chelsea.
Alex, 29, was signed by Chelsea in 2004 from Brazilian club Santos. He was loaned to Dutch side PSV until 2007 when he finally secured a work permit. The centre-back has made 135 appearances for Chelsea.
SOURCE: BBC Sport
There are sure to be no shortage of requests for the services of this experienced pair of Chelsea performers, who clearly feel that at their stages of their respective careers that being on the bench is doing them no favours.
Nicolas Anelka has been strongly linked with a move back to his former club PSG who are now bankrolled by Qatari investors who are keen to secure success in the short term and may feel that a move for the 32 year old could help secure the club’s first Ligue 1 title in almost two decades.
Brazilian centre back Alex has been linked with interest from both Arsenal and Liverpool but may also feel a return to his former club PSV, who are said to be keen on the battling defender, would more likely help him get regular football.