Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti has given the go-ahead for striker Andriy Shevchenko to leave the club.
The Ukrainian forward was signed for £30million from Milan in 2006, but has failed to make an impact at Stamford Bridge since the move.
Ancelotti decided to take the 32-year-old back to the San Siro on loan last season, but Shevchenko failed to recapture his form and returned to Chelsea over the summer.
“I spoke with Shevchenko and he said he would like to play with continuity,” confirmed Ancelotti.
“Here for me it is difficult to give him the opportunity to play a lot of matches and I think he will take the right decision for him. He will take his decision, it is not our problem, and he will choose the team that is right for him.
“I spoke with him and he takes this decision. I have time to choose the squad in the Champions League, the only thing is Shevchenko didn’t have the possibility to play with continuity, he took the decision only for this.”
Shevchenko has been strongly linked with a move back to old club Dynamo Kiev, where he started his career.