Anelka misses Blues trip

Frenchman left in London for Champions League encounter

Last Updated: 23/11/11 8:12am

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Rumours linking Nicolas Anelka with a January move to China were fuelled when the striker did not travel with Chelsea to Bayer Leverkusen for Wednesday night's UEFA Champions League clash.

The Frenchman was left back in London on the day it emerged he had been made a lucrative offer to join Chinese side Shanghai Shenhua.

Anelka, who is out of contract at Stamford Bridge at the end of the season, has started just three Premier League games this term and has been heavily linked with a January exit.

It is thought Shanghai Shenhua are facing competition from Russian outfit Anzhi Makhachkala, AC Milan and a host of Major League Soccer sides to sign the 32-year-old.

Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas revealed fitness problems were not the reason for Anelka's omission from the Germany trip, saying: "He's not injured.

"Nico has been used, as you know, more times as a winger, rather than a striker.

"We've decided to include a different squad for this game, not because of Nico's ability because his ability is tremendous."

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