Nicolas Anelka has admitted he would relish playing alongside Robinho at Chelsea.
Real Madrid announced on Wednesday that the Brazilian would not be sold, but Chelsea chief executive Peter Kenyon has said that talks with the spanish champions remain ‘ongoing’.
Anelka believes Robinho would bring a new dimension to Chelsea’s play, and feels he would be able to line up in the same team as the 24-year-old.
“He is a very good player,” Anelka told Daily Mirror.
“He can create and score goals, so of course it is good.
“I think he will play more on the left but he can play everywhere.
“Robinho can score, he can give some assists. He’s always good for a striker like me – and for Chelsea because the more options you have the better.”
Anelka also revealed that being played out position by Avram Grant didn’t help his integration into the Chelsea set-up.
“I’d never played on the right or the left since first coming to England, and it was all new to me,” said Anelka. “It was difficult because, when you come to a new club, you want to play in your best position and you’re desperate for success. For it to be such a new role when I arrived from Bolton made things harder. Perhaps the new manager will understand me better.
“I know what I want. I want to play in my position … I have enjoyed this pre-season tour so far because I have been playing up front, somewhere I didn’t play last year. There is a very good chance I will be starting in my natural position next season, and … I see no reason why I can’t show my quality at Chelsea.”