Nicolas Anelka was close to signing with Major League Soccer, could still join the league

The Chelsea striker has already stated he would like to move on and the North American league is still a possibility, according to his representative.
Nicolas Anelka was close to signing with a Major League Soccer franchise in August, according to one of his representatives.

Although a deal for the Chelsea forward never materialized, his camp confirmed to Goal.com that Anelka is still interested in latching onto a club in the North American league.

“I can confirm that Nicolas is still possibly interested in pursuing an MLS career,” said Michael Wiesenfeld, who is part of European Football Group, an organization which will represent Anelka's marketing rights should he join MLS. “He got very close to landing a nice contract with a team on the West Coast in August. He also has opportunities elsewhere in the world.”

It is believed that Anelka was close to signing with the Los Angeles Galaxy, who used their third Designated Player spot to bring in Robbie Keane for a reported salary of $3.4 million per season.

The Galaxy declined to comment if they were interested.

Anelka, 32, is in the final year of his contract and Chelsea coach Andre Villas-Boas has admitted that the striker wants to leave the club next summer. The Blues already have a deep group of strikers with Fernando Torres, Didier Drogba, Romelu Lukaku and Daniel Sturridge.

Anelka joined the Blues for 15 million pounds in January 2008 from Bolton.
 
Follow ALEX LABIDOU on