The ex-Chelsea striker Nicolas Anelka has slammed his treatment from Andre Villas-Boas and the Chelsea management after he told them that he would be leaving for Shanghai in January.
He said: “Ever since I was punished they put me with the youngsters.
“I’ve got all the kit and equipment that professionals have but they put me in a separate changing room — that’s football for you.
“One day, you can be there scoring goals and doing all you have to do for your club but the day you leave there is no pity.
“That’s why the day you do decide to leave you have to do what you have to do and have no sadness either, because there are no friends in football.
“That’s the truth. It’s sad to say but that’s the truth. It’s a collective sport but it’s also very individual.
“It’s true that I could have had a better career but I know I’ve succeeded and I’m proud of that when I go back to France, back to the suburbs I came from, the guys there are proud of me.
“They know I never gave up. I took plenty of knocks but I’m still here.”
Well not here exactly, but in Shanghai, earning another 200 grand a week for the next three years. There are no friends when it comes to chasing a bigger paypacket from every club you join, is there Nicolas?