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Anelka unhappy playing out wide at Chelsea

Nicolas Anelka hopes a change of manager at Chelsea will see him played as a striker this season.

The France international said: "It was very frustrating for me to be played wide on the left or on the right last season. I started my time at Chelsea very well in my position and then I got moved out wide - I didn't know why.

"I tried to do my best, but what happened, happened. There is a very good chance I will be starting in my natural position next season and that is good.

"I try to do my best on the pitch. I have done it before at other clubs so there is no reason why I can't show my quality at Chelsea."

Nothing would please him more than to be starting up front with Ivory Coast international Didier Drogba, whose future at the club still seems to be in doubt.

When the duo did combine to good effect, like in the league win against Arsenal and the Champions League victory over Liverpool last term, they looked impressive.

"If Didier is still here we can work together," he said. "We haven't really done so yet, but we will be a great partnership. 'We know each other and the way we like to play. But whoever starts we will give our best. But like anything, it all depends on the manager."

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