Anelka slams Portsmouth boss Grant over Chelsea treatment

Chelsea striker Nicolas Anelka has launched a scathing attack on Portsmouth boss Avram Grant ahead of today's FA Cup final.
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Chelsea striker Nicolas Anelka has launched a scathing attack on Portsmouth boss Avram Grant ahead of today's FA Cup final.

Anelka says he spent six unhappy months under Grant in 2007-08.

In a new book published tomorrow, he even claims he missed the seventh and decisive penalty in the 2008 Champions League final as his confidence was so low.

Anelka writes: "I set great store by emotions and Grant did not show great confidence in me.

"In the 2008 Champions League final against Manchester United, Grant threw me on as a sub without giving me any warning.

"In the end I messed up the very last penalty in the shootout, which Edwin van der Sar pushed away. It is sad to say but I knew I was going to miss my kick."

Grant has previously claimed Anelka, a £15m buy from Bolton, was brought in against his wishes in January 2008.

Anelka, played mostly out wide or as a sub by Grant, adds: "Grant used to look down on me.

"It was as though he felt I should be grateful and not ask for anything. The pretext for this was I had been brought in from Bolton."