Anderlecht star Mbark Boussoufa is convinced he'd still be at Chelsea without the arrival of Roman Abramovich.

Boussoufa is a target for Newcastle United and said: "I'm flattered by Newcastle's interest. It is always nice to know clubs are watching me.

"I spent two years with Chelsea, so I know what English football is all about. I learned a lot from their players, especially Gianfranco Zola.

"I was on the point of breaking into their first team when Roman Abramovich arrived. He signed seven star players, and the youngsters were not given their chance.

"I would not say no to a good offer from England. If Newcastle want me they must first speak to my club - and then I'll gladly listen to what they have to say."