Nicolas Anelka joined Chelsea from Bolton on this day in 2008.
The France striker, then aged 28, completed a move to Avram Grant’s side for a fee of £15million.
The Blues had been looking for extra firepower to help them overcome the loss of Didier Drogba and Salomon Kalou to Africa Cup of Nations duty.
“Chelsea are a big club. I have proved that I can score goals at the top level and I can do the same for Chelsea,” said the much-travelled Anelka, who counted Arsenal, Real Madrid, Paris St Germain, Liverpool and Manchester City among his former clubs.
“I want to tell the Chelsea fans that I see this as a great opportunity and an honour to play for Chelsea and I will not disappoint them.
“Chelsea is the team I really wanted to join and I hope this will be the last club that I play for.
“I am delighted everything has been sorted out. This was a fantastic opportunity that I couldn’t turn down.
Happy birthday, Nicolas Anelka!
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