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Chelsea boss Ancelotti heaps praise on Anelka

Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti admits Nicolas Anelka is priceless.

The Italian has revealed he twice tried to sign Anelka when in charge of Juventus and AC Milan.

He said: "Nicolas has improved a great deal since I tried to buy him.

"He was very young then, only 20 I think. Now he is playing with more personality, intensity and continuity. He is much more consistent.

"He's a fantastic striker with many great qualities. He has it all - he's a good jumper, technical quality, shoots fantastically, moves very well on the pitch and scores goals. I don't think he gets the credit he deserves. People should appreciate his work more."

But if Anelka's abilities have not come as a shock to Ancelotti, his character certainly has. He is far from the sullen and moody loner he had been warned about.

Ancelotti insisted: "I've found Nicolas to be a very professional player.

"He's a shy guy who doesn't like to speak a lot. He prefers to stay quiet in the dressing room but he always works with great professionalism."

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