Anelka says he will play out his career at Shanghai Shenhua

The 33-year-old French striker quashed speculation linking him with a move back to the Premier League with QPR or West Ham, and insisted he'll finish his playing career in China
Former Chelsea striker Nicolas Anelka has refuted rumours linking him with a return to England, and has declared he will retire at current club Shanghai Shenhua.

The 33-year-old, who has recently been linked with Premier League duo QPR and West Ham, has had an indifferent time in China since joining Shanghai on a two-year deal last December.

Anelka has only scored two goals for struggling Shenhua, whilst battling injury and leadership instability - having been given a coaching role following Jean Tigana's sacking before it was handed to Sergio Batista shortly after - as well as a spat with a fan last week.

However, Anelka dispelled rumours of his departure from China, stating that he is committed to the club for the rest of his playing career and excited by the imminent arrival of former Chelsea team-mate Didier Drogba.

"I won't go back to the Premier League. If one day I leave Shenhua, it will be the day I retire," Anelka told Oriental Sports Daily.

"I will never go back, although I had a good time there. But now I'm in Shenhua and this is my own decision."

Drogba, who signed with Shenhua late last month, is expected to arrive in Shanghai on Friday or Saturday and Anelka said he would be boosted by the Ivorian's presence as the underperforming club try to move up the table.

"I am waiting for him," Anelka added. "There were a lot of games when I was alone in front, I would think if Didier was here the situation would be better. I could pass him the ball."

Shenhua are currently 13th in the Chinese Super League, one point above the drop zone, having managed only three wins and 13 goals in 16 games this term.

However, Anelka was optimistic with Drogba alongside him, Shenhua can avoid relegation and move well up the table.

"Although we're now at the bottom of the league, the gap with other teams is not big and we can climb up after even winning two games," Anelka said.

"I am not worried about relegation. I only think if we can have a better ranking."