Wright-Phillips not getting the Blues and wants to stay

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Shaun Wright-Phillips said he has no intention of quitting Chelsea despite transfer speculation involving West Ham and his former club Manchester City.

Wright-Phillips scored his first goal in Chelsea colours in the 2-0 win over Levski Sofia in the Champions' League on Tuesday to help his team finish top of Group A. The 25-year-old England winger has been unable to hold down a regular place in Jose Mourinho's side since he moved to London in a £21m transfer from City in 2005.

West Ham are understood to have made enquiries about his availability while the City manager, Stuart Pearce, would relish the opportunity to take Wright-Phillips back to Manchester.

The Arsenal captain, Thierry Henry, has also urged the Gunners to sign the winger but the player says he has no intention of leaving and believes Chelsea can go on to become kings of Europe this season.

"I know I'm happy here, and everybody wants me here," Wright-Phillips said. "What everybody talks about is their own problem, to be honest with you.

"Training with the lads here doesn't give you anything but confidence and all I have to do is take it on to a big stage like I did against Sofia. The players, my family and friends have always believed in me when times have been tough and that also goes for the fans.

"They have always been right behind me and that's why I clapped them after I scored to let them know it was for them.

"I don't see why we can't win the Champions' League with the players we have and the way we've been playing."

Meanwhile, the Chelsea defender Khalid Boulahrouz said he does not want the "versatile" tag bestowed on the former Blues' defender William Gallas. Boulahrouz was impressive at the heart of the Chelsea defence during their 2-0 victory over Sofia.

The 24-year-old Dutchman is adamant he wants to establish himself as a centre-half at Stamford Bridge but has only been able to do that on a handful of occasions since he joined. Instead, Boulahrouz is in danger of becoming the new version of Gallas who quit the club in the summer because he was fed up at being played out of position.

Gallas wanted to play at the heart of the defence but, like Boulahrouz, was prevented from doing so by the form of Ricardo Carvalho and John Terry. Now Boulahrouz expects to return to the bench, or the right-back spot for Sunday's crucial Premiership home clash with Arsenal.

He said: "Arsenal is a good team and it won't be easy. Of course I would like to play but it is not easy to play John [Terry] out of his place. I like to play football but I do not agree that I am very versatile. Everybody knows what my best position is. I prefer to play in the middle and it's where I feel more comfortable, but I always give everything I have. For me, I prefer to play centre-back."

Frank Lampard, who captained the side in the absence of the suspended Terry against Sofia, maintains that Chelsea will not be taking Macclesfield lightly in the FA Cup third round next month. Macclesfield, managed by former England midfielder Paul Ince, are bottom of League Two with one win this season.

They managed to secure that solitary success against Rochdale on Tuesday but Lampard said there will be no room for complacency.

Lampard said: "Paul Ince is a bit of a mate of mine and I texted him straight after the draw was made. I've got a feeling he's going to try to get himself fit for it because he's said he's going to give me a good kicking.

It's good to miss an Arsenal or a Liverpool, but we'll respect Macclesfield."

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