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Anelka happy to play supporting role to Chelsea's Drogba

For a variety of reasons Nicolas Anelka and Didier Drogba have rarely lined up in the same side since the Frenchman's move from Bolton in January. Having enjoyed successful partnerships with Dennis Bergkamp at Arsenal and Michael Owen at Liverpool, Anelka wants the chance to see if he can make it work with Drogba.

He said: "It was good to play with Bergkamp. He is the kind of player that played for you. He can score, but also gave a good ball for you to score, and he liked to do it.

"With Michael Owen it was good, because I played the other way, I used to play in front, then I turned supplier. I was pleased with our partnership and it worked.

"It was good to play with him in front and he is a good player, someone who can score a lot of goals. I loved to play just behind him and make him score goals.

"Even if I don't score as many goals, I like to play good football, and if I have to play behind Didier I will.

"I won't score like I score now but I still play a part and I like the way I play. Maybe you don't score as many as when you are a striker but it is no problem."

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