Andriy Shevchenko is key to Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich's pursuit of AC Milan coach Carlo Ancelotti.

The Independent says Sheva is believed to be one of the driving forces behind the club owner Abramovich's continued interest in hiring Ancelotti.

The 31-year-old striker is one of several people Abramovich has consulted over the recruitment of a new coach and is understood to have urged him to carry on with his pursuit of the man he played under at Milan, despite being rebuffed last week.

Originally Abramovich had only intended to speak to Ancelotti to ask him his opinion on who he should appoint but, under the advice of Shevchenko among others, he decided to offer the 48-year-old the post.