Bolton Wanderers striker Nicolas Anelka admits he's in talks with Chelsea.

Anelka told L'Equipe: "The chairmen (of Bolton and Chelsea) are discussing it. I really hope it happens - and especially that I am eligible to play in the Champions League.

"But until the contract is signed and I am presented to the press in my new shirt, nothing is done."

The former Arsenal striker has also been linked with a return to Manchester City where he played from 2002 to 2005.

And the 28-year-old insists that would not be a step backwards.

"I want to go to a bigger club and that's what City have become under a manager such as (Sven-Goran) Eriksson, who I was ready to join in 1999 at Lazio," added Anelka.

"Staying at Bolton, where I am very happy, wouldn't be a punishment either."

And agent Doug Pingisi is sure the in-form frontman is destined to leave sooner rather than later.

"Nico is ready to join a club at the height of his talent and his football," he said. "I would love to see him sing the Champions League anthem every year."