Nicolas Anelka has gone a long way to shed his reputation of being a spoiled brat (he credits his family and the time away from the fishbowl that is the Premier League for the transformation) and if you were to listen to him, you’d think him a wise man (how wise you can be to sign for Chelsea is another question, but money talks, and Anelka is truly wise to secure his future so smartly after being ‘rehabilitated’ in England at Bolton).
Anelka on playing for Chelsea:
“Just like Real Madrid, Chelsea are a big club with a big squad and big players.
I’m very new at the club, so I need to get used to my team-mates and learn the way we play. It’s not difficult – when the manager asks me to play, I play, when he asks me to be on the bench, I try to help the team when I go on.
It will be the same until the end of my contract. I’m just pleased to be here and playing for Chelsea and will try my best all the time.
When Didier and I have the chance to play together we will do it the best we can, it will be good. But you have a manager who decides what to do and I think he knows what to do.
For the moment he wants to play three forwards and me on the left or right, so I will do my best to play in that position.”
A talented forward who keeps his head down and works hard for the team. Who would have bet on Anelka being that man?