(AFP) – Aug 23, 2008
LONDON (AFP) — Chelsea striker Andriy Shevchenko will rejoin AC Milan subject to a medical, the Premier League club confirmed on Saturday.
Shevchenko has endured a miserable time at Stamford Bridge since his club record 30 million pounds (37 million euros) move from Milan in 2006 and had been repeatedly linked with a return to the San Siro.
Chelsea have been keen to cut their losses for several months and the Ukraine striker, who has scored just nine league goals for the club, is expected to complete an emotional return to Serie A next week.
"I'm happy," Shevchenko told www.acmilan.com. "I have hoped for a return for a while and yesterday I began to believe that this deal could end well. For me it is as if I've won the Champions League.
"There were some complications, but now that everything is resolved I am really happy."
A statement on Chelsea's website announced: "Chelsea FC have agreed terms for Andriy Shevchenko to return to AC Milan. Details of the agreement will remain confidential. The move is subject to a successful medical."
Milan vice-president Adriano Galliani revealed the deal for Shevchenko should be concluded on Monday.
"After a series of frantic phone calls during the day today, we have reached an agreement with Chelsea," he told Milan Channel.
"Andriy returns to the Rossoneri, tomorrow he will be in Milan, Monday he will undergo a medical, then he will sign a contract and from Tuesday he will be available to Carlo Ancelotti.
"We succeeded in bringing home the player who in the last 50 years has scored the most goals in our shirt.
"President (Silvio) Berlusconi and I am happy, as is our coach and I believe also our players.
"I believe that Milan are the only club in the world to have three European players of the year in our squad."
Galliani added: "Andriy has returned home and I am happy about it. I am a Milan fan and I am very happy.
"I've spoken to Andriy 48 times in the past three hours...the terms of the agreement are very private.
"Between today and tomorrow Andriy will be at Milan and he will start again his life as a Milan player.
"Andriy made a mistake in leaving and I believe that in the past two years he has realised that this is his home.
"Now he has made his financial sacrifices but at this point the only thing that matters is that he returns to us."
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