Nicolas Anelka has agreed to join Chinese Super League club Shanghai Shenhua, the former French international has played at many of the world’s leagues, and it seems that he is about to make his mark in China. He first played in the Premiership when Arsene Wenger signed him as a youngster, he made a quick impact on the league after scoring a wonder goal against Manchester United.
He left soon after, and has played at Paris St- Germain, Liverpool, Fenerbahce, Manchester City, Real Madrid, Bolton Wanderers and even Chelsea. He has been a success at each of the club he has been at, scoring regularly and making an impact in big games.
It has to be said that since joining Chelsea in 2008 he has looked settled used regularly alongside fellow French International Didier Drogba, he was favoured by Avram Grant but since the new management have come into Chelsea he has once again fallen out of favour.
As a player he has won almost every big trophy going, the Champions League with Real Madrid, the Premiership, FA Cup and even the European Championship. Unfortunately for him he was not part of the France side that one the World Cup but nevertheless he is a well decorated player, very quick and offers the complete package to his new Asian team.
Relatively young at 32, he is now about to change clubs once again and his heading to China to play for Shanghai Shenhua, his advisors have been in touch with the club who are also potentially about to sign former France midfielder Jean Tigana as their manager.
No fee has been revealed yet and may not be, but there are rumours that he could begin playing for them in the new year provided that all contract details are confirmed.
He joined Chelsea for £15m from Bolton scoring 59 goals in 185 appearances for the club. He has only player 15 games this year in all competitions and has been left out of the equation since Andre Villa-Boas the new manager at Chelsea has preferred Drogba and Fernando Torres.
The striker was told that he would not longer be training with the first team, making this the first hint that he would soon leave the club. With players coming to the end of their career, they have chosen more lucrative clubs to join, Thierry Henry is one example, who went to the play in America following the likes of David Beckham.