Stamford Bridge star plans for the future.
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Nicolas Anelka’s brother and agent has claimed the Chelsea striker could move to the United States when his current contract expires.
Anelka has spent most of his career in England and is happy to remain at Stamford Bridge until his deal runs out in 2012.
The Frenchman has been with the Blues for almost three years already and has played an integral role in their recent success, linking up with Didier Drogba to devastating effect and topping the Premier League scoring charts in 2008/9.
However, it now appears as though he is keen to experience a new challenge before hanging up his boots.
The 31-year-old’s representative, Claude Anelka, says his brother is tempted to follow former France team-mate Thierry Henry to the MLS.
“Nicolas told me he is interested in playing in the United States,” the agent said in the Daily Star.
“We could see him crossing the Atlantic, and I’m serious when I say this. He asked himself what he will do once his current contract runs out.
“The US is quite something, and a dream destination. He says he will give it a try, even though he would earn less money than in somewhere like Qatar.” (Sky Sports)
Whilst it may not be a huge surprise that Chelsea striker Nicolas Anelka is considering a move to the MLS it is is a little odd that he would look to make the move at the end of his current Stamford Bridge deal, when he will be 33 and could still have something in the tank.
Since his arrival at the west London side Anelka has gone from strength to strength and though his goal tally may have dried up a tad that doesn’t mean he hasn’t been as effective as ever, helping his strike partner Didier Drogba to rack up the goals with alarming regularity.
One wonders if there will come a time when a move to the MLS will not just be seen as something of a cash cow that big name footballers can rely on when they are failing to cut it in Europe. Will a high profile player ever make the move to America when they are still the right side of 30?
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