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Shevchenko to have contract cancelled?

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Chelsea are ready to write off more than £7million by paying up the final year of Andriy Shevchenko's contract.

The Ukraine striker is supposed to go back to Stamford Bridge this summer after a miserable loan spell at AC Milan.

But Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich recognises the negative impact the 32-year-old's return would have on the dressing room and is instead prepared to pay what remains of his original four-year deal.

For all the success Shevchenko enjoyed prior to joining Chelsea - he won the Ballon d'Or and the Champions League while with Milan - he represents one of the worst buys of the Abramovich era.

In addition to the record-breaking £30million transfer fee, there was a contract worth £140,000 a week, Abramovich's admiration for Shevchenko colouring his judgment when the evidence suggested that, at 29, his powers were diminishing.

He was never thought to have been Jose Mourinho's choice in May 2006, but simply a hero of the club's Russian billionaire.

Shevchenko started well enough, scoring in the Community Shield against Liverpool. But 22 goals in 75 appearances over the two seasons he spent with the club hardly represented a decent return when he so rarely, if ever, performed to the level he achieved in Italy.

Shevchenko's future remains uncertain. He has managed just two goals in 26 appearances for Milan this season and did not even make Ukraine's starting line-up when they met England at Wembley.

The MLS in America is now thought to be his most likely destination.

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I dont know this but I think it's better to just let him go. Let him choose his own destiny. Better for him and also for us.

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what a disaster sheva was

when he first signed i was so hyped and he even scored in his first game lmao i remember seeing abramovich celebrating in that community shield final.. who'd of thought he'd flop so bad

even ac milan dont want him now, he should try and get a move to la galaxy lmao

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22 goals in 75 games is hardly what I'd call a disaster.

For 30 million...Yes it is. Plus out of those 22, not even half have been scored in the premier league

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But to be fair he'd never played in the prem before and with a 30m tag seemed destined to fail.He tried at least.Every game he tried..ok that dont make him worth 30m but still he didnt just walk around.I'd agree let him to think be better for him but just a shame it didnt work

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Give him another chance.

why so we can have an old man (in football terms) taking a massive percentage of the wages which could be going to younger prospects with their whole career ahead of them.

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why so we can have an old man (in football terms) taking a massive percentage of the wages which could be going to younger prospects with their whole career ahead of them.

And yet even when he fell out of favour under Mourinho he came out of nowhere and scored important goals. Plus, in the Champions League, he's as good as anyone.

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For 30 million...Yes it is. Plus out of those 22, not even half have been scored in the premier league

Yes but i believe the only reason there was that much money spent on him was because Roman wanted to guarantee that he would play for Chelsea. Not many people wanted us to spend that sort of money on him but hey its Romans decision at the end of the day. The price tag really did put so much pressure on him which was not good because pretty much every week for his first entire season the press where on his back about how he was a flop.

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Fuck sake just let him have 1 more year n bid farewells in 2010. Why would it have a negative effect in the dressing room? Did anyone see him in the tunnel with the Chelsea boys (Lamps n Ash) for the England - Ukraine game? The players still have huge respect for him and vice versa. Unlike some players, he always gave his all and thats all u can ask from a player. Really hope he gets given his last year

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There is absolutely no doubt he gave it everything. Its a shame it did not work out for him. But its time to move on. We have taken a step backwards while other clubs have taken steps forward by signing young and energetic players while we still want a 30 yr old player who has passed his peak 3 seasons back.

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If we can adapt our game to suit his style of play, I think he could do well. I think he would benfit from the formation were playing now.

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