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Milan coach Carlo Ancelotti has offered his encouragement to Chelsea striker Andrei Shevchenko.

The Ukrainian, who moved from Milan to Chelsea in a €45 million deal in the summer, has struggled since arriving at Stamford Bridge.

Shevchenko has scored just once in The Premiership, but Ancelotti believes English audiences will soon see the best of the striker.

“He is not shining at Chelsea? That is one of the normal difficulties of arriving at a new side,” said Ancelotti.

The forward scored 173 goals during his six-year spell with Milan, and Ancelotti is confident Shevchenko will soon be back amongst the goals.

“He has always scored and will always continue to score.”

Ancelotti added that there would always be room for Shevchenko at Milan if he ever fancied a return to Italy.

“If he ever asked to come back to Milan I would welcome him back with open arms, but not for €45 million (£30 million),” he joked.

Shevchenko’s team-mate at Chelsea, Petr Cech, was another to express confidence in the Ukrainian’s abilities.

“He will need some time,” Cech told sport.

“English football is much different than Italian where he received a lot of passes behind the defence or between defenders and he could squeeze between them and score goals.

“Here, everybody has a big respect for him so he is always surrounded by many players who don’t allow him to run away.

“Also our midfield must get used to him.

“Anyway he showed with his two goals that he is a striker with talent from God.”

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