Chelsea have delivered an amazing final snub to departing striker Nicolas Anelka. The Daily Mail says Anelka quits Chelsea this weekend, still fuming after a snub from the management over the staff Christmas party.

Anelka, who is leaving to join big-spending Chinese club Shanghai Shenhua, was overlooked for last week's silver service lunch at the club's Cobham training ground.

Chelsea put on the lavish banquet for the first team squad, reserves and management for Christmas, hiring waitresses especially for the occasion.

One friend of Anelka, who has spent nearly five years at the club, described his omission as 'an insult' after a successful career at Stamford Bridge.