Anelka accepts Blues decision

Striker suggests he has already found a club to join in January

Nicolas Anelka: Has accepted Chelsea's decision to let him leave and has been linked with Tottenham

Nicolas Anelka has accepted Chelsea's decision to head in a different direction and expects to finalise a move away from the club in January.

Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas revealed after Saturday's 3-0 victory at Newcastle United that the club had accepted transfer requests from Anelka and Brazilian defender Alex.

French striker Anelka has started just three Premier League games for the Blues this season and is out of contract at the end of the campaign.

Chinese side Shanghai Shenhua have been strongly linked with a bid for the 32-year-old, while Tottenham Hotspur manager Harry Redknapp is an admirer of the forward.

Anelka, who has made over 180 appearances in almost four years at Stamford Bridge, has been prepared for the club's decision in recent weeks.

He understands Villas-Boas' desire to focus on emerging talent and has suggested he already has an idea about his destination in January.

In a statement on his official website, Anelka wrote: "I've known for a little while where I'll be on January 2.

"The club, which is going through a difficult time, has decided to work with Chelsea's players of the future and, as I am a good professional, I have accepted this."