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Crespo keen to win medals

The Argentine has admitted he still feels homesick for Italy and Argentina, but is adamant it will not force him to leave Chelsea.

india Updated: Feb 11, 2006 11:33 IST

Hernan Crespo has admitted he still feels homesick for Italy and Argentina, but is adamant it will not force him to leave Chelsea at the end of the season.

Crespo has been linked with a return to Italy after reports his family were struggling to settle in London, but an upturn in performances has seen him change his mind.

Chelsea are on the brink of winning the English Premiership and will also be favourites to win the Champions League if they can beat Barcelona in the first knockout stage later this month.

Now Crespo, who has scored five goals in his last eight games, says he sees his future in England.

"Maybe somebody doesn't understand me very well or my English is not very good," the Argentinian said.

"What I said was in the last four summers I changed teams, so I don't know what will happen next summer. But I have another two years on my contract and I think I will stay here.

"I'm sure it's not my decision, it will be Chelsea's decision. If they are very happy to keep me here then I will stay."

Crespo, who moved to Chelsea from Inter Milan for 16.8 million pounds in 2004, misses his home life but believes he has only another five years remaining in his career and wants to concentrate on winning trophies.

Since moving from River Plate to Parma in 1996 he has failed to win a single league title, finishing as a runner-up while on loan with AC Milan last season in Serie A and second with Chelsea in the Premiership in 2004.

So he is willing to put up with homesickness in a bid to put things right.

He said: "Homesick is homesick and that is still the same for me, I miss so many little things. But I'm a professional player and I play in a big team and I play in a team who have a lot of opportunity to win.

"My career maybe has another five years and if I have two years more here I don't know how many teams permit me to play in a high level or allow me to win a lot of trophies like Chelsea. So why do I need to change? Maybe I need to put up with this homesickness."

Crespo has scored 12 goals for Chelsea so far this season despite having to share the role of lone striker with team-mate Didier Drogba.

And his desire for success is so great that he is willing to accept Jose Mourinho's decision not to play him every game.

He said: "When I came here what Mourinho said to me was very clear. He said 'I have two great strikers— Didier and you— and I will select what I think is a better team depending on the kind of match we play'.

"We share the matches, Mourinho was clear about this situation and it doesn't surprise me.

"Now I have more space because Didier went to the African Nations Cup, but when Didier comes back we will start again. My holiday is finished!

"But the most important thing is you win the trophy. If you win the trophy everything else is second. We have two or three very hard months ahead and we need everybody. It's impossible for me and for Didier to play all the matches.

"I scored a lot of goals in Italy, but when you score a lot of goals and you don't win anything, I don't like that. I prefer to score less, but win something important."

First Published: Feb 11, 2006 11:33 IST