From bleacherreport.com Thursday August 21, 2008
CHELSEA FC FANS UPDATE 21/8/08
Andriy Shevchenko has been denied a move back to his former club
AC Milan have today pulled out of an agreement to sign Chelsea's Andriy Shevchenko. The Ukrainian forward was all set to join Milan on a season-long loan, before Chelsea changed their mind and decided they would prefer to sell him on a permanent basis.
This has now put the deal dead in the water, with Shevchenko now appearing unable to return to the club he played his best football for, as Milan seem unable to meet Chelsea's demands on a transfer fee.
Shevchenko has been a flop for Chelsea since signing in 2006. The Ukrainian forward has for me been one of the biggest anti-climaxes in the EPL. Shevchenko looked set to be one of the greatest strikers in the Premier League following his £30million move, but completely flopped in his debut season, managing just four goals in the league.
The striker didn't improve much in his second season either, as he managed just five goals in the Premier League and only eight overall, showing that the player was really struggling to come to terms with English football, and perhaps just life in England.
And after being denied a move back to his former club, what now for Andriy Shevchenko? Can he finally show his real talent and prove his critics wrong? Can he do that at Chelsea? Or will he have to move elsewhere in order to showcase his true potential?
If anything is certain, it's that at 31 years-old, time is running out for the Ukrainian. If he doesn't act soon, this could really be the dead end in the career of Andriy Shevchenko.