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Shevchenko: I'm Not Unhappy

Andriy Shevchenko, back in Italy for a Euro 2008 qualifier against the world champions with Ukraine, spoke out for the first time about the hubbub surrounding his form at Chelsea. The striker says he is unconcerned with his slow start in the Premiership. "Players go through difficult times, and it happens to everyone," Shevchenko said. The press isn't giving him a break, however. Many reports suggest that the former Milan player has lost his desire to succeed. After all, the move to England was more of a personal decision than a soccer one  his American wife wanted their children to learn English. Others have rightly pointed out that Shevchenko was given almost no time to adapt before the pundits put their fangs out. Remember, the season is just two months old. Remember, too, that Thierry Henry failed to score in his first eight games for Arsenal, while Shevchenko's record is now two goals in nine games (one of those coming in the FA Community Shield). As for speculation linking him with an early return to Milan: "I chose Chelsea and I will continue on this path," the striker said. "Nothing can change my choice. Life goes beyond soccer. I feel more free here [in London] than in Italy. The life of a soccer player in London is more simple, soccer is a show that finishes once the game is over. I understand the foreigners who speak English and then [Frank] Lampard and [John] Terry help me out."

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