LONDON, Dec 7 - Chelsea striker Andriy Shevchenko has denied saying he
was prepared to leave the club because his style of play did not suit manager
Jose Mourinho and reiterated his commitment to the English champions.
Shevchenko, 30, who moved from AC Milan during the close season for 30
million pounds ($59 million), was quoted by Thursday's Daily Mirror as saying:
"I feel at home at Chelsea, and it's felt like my team for a long time, but
unfortunately my game doesn't suit Mourinho.
"Everyone has been writing about me being sent on loan to Milan. I still
haven't discussed this question with the management, but the bosses themselves
probably still haven't decided.
"I'm not finished as a player. On the other hand, I have nothing to prove to
anybody. Everybody already knows what Andriy Shevchenko is capable of."
Chelsea issued a statement saying that the quotes had been mistranslated from
an interview the Ukraine striker gave to the Russian monthly magazine ProSport.
Oleg Shamonaev, the reporter at ProSport who carried out the interview, told
Reuters that Shevchenko did not say that he wanted to quit Chelsea and a full
transcript of the interview did not contain any reference to his game not
A Mirror spokesman said the paper stood by its story.
In a statement issued by Chelsea, Shevchenko said: "I give 100 percent all
the time and I am committed and hungry for success with Chelsea.
"I have total respect for the Chelsea club and fans as well as for football
in England and the culture of the country. There are always good and not so good
moments in sport, that's normal. If that means there is opinion and criticism I
Shevchenko has scored three Premier League goals this season and opened his
Champions League account only in Tuesday's 2-0 home win over Levski Sofia.