Shevchenko To Decide On Future Next Week

ROME, Italy -- Former European Footballer of the Year Andriy Shevchenko will decide next week whether he will stay at AC Milan or move to English champions Chelsea.

Shevchenko's Milan contract ends in June 2009 and the club have reportedly offered him a lucrative two-year extension.

But Chelsea are keen to sign the 29-year-old striker who joined Milan from Dynamo Kiev in 1999.

Asked if he was heading for England, Shevchenko told the Gazzetta dello Sport: "I'm considering it and you will know my decision on the 24th or 25th (of May).

"I never said I had made my mind up to go to Chelsea. I just said that I was thinking about it for family reasons."

Shevchenko admitted that learning to speak English was part of the attraction of joining Chelsea.

"I don't speak the language of my wife and my son," said the Ukraine international who is married to American model Kristen Pazik.

"When you play for a successful club, it's not easy to find the time to learn (another language).

In the season that has just ended, Shevchenko scored 19 goals in 28 Serie A matches. He also netted nine goals in the Champions League.

Shevchenko will also spearhead Ukraine's bid for glory in what will be the former Soviet Republic's first ever World Cup finals (June 9-July 9).

Source: AFP