EPL: Andriy Shevchenko Returns To Dynamo Kyiv

Sergei MiledinAnalyst IAugust 30, 2009

If you ever have the opportunity to visit Stamford Bridge in London you will find many pictures of players past and present lining the walls of the stadium grounds. From John Terry to Peter Osgood, those who have made a name for themselves for the West London club are forever immortalized for all to see.

Right by the gate hangs a picture of Andriy Shevchenko, who at one time was the highest paid player in the club's history. The one time European Footballer of the Year who in 77 appearances for the Blues only managed to find the back of the net on 22 occasions.

It appears that this particular picture might not be left hanging there much longer as the Ukrainian international has signed a two-year-deal with his first club Dynamo Kyiv. The man they call Sheva has most likely seen out his last days as a player at one of the top European clubs as his career comes full circle.

He returns back home to the Ukraine after being told by manager Carlo Ancelotti that he did not feature regularly in the club's plans, having fallen below Salomon Kalou, Nicolas Anelka, and Didier Drogba in the Chelsea pecking order.

Shevchenko, who was a star player for AC Milan between 1999-2006 and was a key component of Ancelotti's team when he took over as manager in 2001, and was signed by Ancelotti on loan last season, may have lost his long-time trainers support when he failed to score in 18 appearances during his return to the Rossoneri.

However, despite following his manager back to London in hopes of finally cracking the Premier League, on Friday Ancelotti announced that he would not stand in the way of Shevchenko's search for first team football, thus allowing him to make his return to the club which launched his career.

Voted Ukrainian Footballer of the Year on six occasions, Shevchenko enjoyed a prolific first spell at Dynamo, scoring 60 goals in 116 league games which helped secured him a record $25 million move to AC Milan in 1999.

He scored 127 goals in 226 Serie A appearances at the San Siro, whilst also being voted European Footballer of the Year for 2004 and winning the Champions League in 2003 during his time there.

Shevchenko will have an early chance to return to the San Siro in October as his new team squares off against Inter Milan in this year's Champions League, a tie which will also reunite Sheva with his estranged former manager at Chelsea Jose Mourinho. Dynamo must also face Russian champions Rubin Kazan and reigning European champions FC Barcelona in their group.

With Dynamo, Sheva will also have the chance to build on his goals record in the UEFA Champions League, where he is currently ranked as the fourth highest goalscorer of all time. He will also be reunited with six of his fellow Ukraine international team mates at Dynamo, as Ukraine currently find themselves third in their World Cup qualifying group behind England and Croatia.

Sheva had nothing but great words for his now former club as he told their website "

'I feel when I played for Chelsea I received big support from the fans. I will remember for all my life this club and I hope I can come to the stadium and say "goodbye" to the fans, I want to send a message to thank them for their support and to enjoy their football and watching their team, I send my best thoughts for the team and hope that Chelsea wins many titles."

While his Chelsea career finally seems to have come to an end, here's hoping that this isn't the last time we see one of the greatest strikers of all-time have his moment of glory.