Nicolas Anelka has insisted that he is planning to stay at Shanghai Shenhua for the long-term, but admitted that he has some difficulty in getting his points across.
The Frenchman left Chelsea for the Chinese club in the January transfer window, and was soon elevated to a coaching role.
Shenhua has endured a dire run of form in the past few weeks, leading to rumors that Anelka would soon leave the club, but the 33-year-old is adamant that he will stay put.
"All of this might just be a communication problem," he said ata a press conference. "I'm going to stay at the club."
There had been reports that Anelka had threatened to quit if the club hired a new coach, and Anelka admitted that this would force him to reconsider his future.
"If there is always someone to support me or to continue to play tricks behind my back, then I will decide quickly whether to leave or not."
During his career in European football, Anelka represented the likes of Paris Saint-Germain, Arsenal, Real Madrid, Liverpool and Chelsea, and represented France a total of 69 times.