Instead, Shevchenko chose to join Dynamo Kyiv after a spell at AC Milan.
"I needed to play more," he told the Observer. "At the age of 33 you can't afford to be on the bench. I understood the competition was strong at Chelsea and that at that age I wouldn't have much chance of regular football. When I agreed to leave, I had a choice of five or six big clubs but I didn't really think seriously about them because I'd already decided the journey that began in Kiev would end in Kiev."