Experienced hitman expected to sign Chelsea deal
Didier Drogba has revealed that he has begun discussions with Chelsea over a new contract.
The 33-year-old has been linked with a move away from Stamford Bridge, with Tottenham, Marseille and AC Milan all credited with an interest
But the Ivorian superstar is keen to stay in West London and he is ready to sign a contract extension as he enters the last 12 months of his current deal.
The new two-year deal would tie him to the club until 2013 and Drogba is hopeful that talks will soon be concluded.
“We’ve started talking and it’s very interesting. Everybody knows what I feel about Chelsea and what I want,” he said.
“I will definitely be here next season. I said a few years ago that I will be here until the end of my contract, and I am here.
“Now I need to keep playing well here and giving my best, like I always try to do.
“This will be my eighth season at this club and it means a lot for any striker to stay that long at Chelsea.”
For the first time in his Chelsea career Drogba admits he will not be assured of a first-team place this season and is set to compete with 50million striker Fernando Torres, Nicolas Anelka and Daniel Sturridge for a starting berth..
“Yes, I think we are [contending for one place],” added Drogba, who has been the Blues’ most effective player in the lone-striker’s role during his seven years in West London.
“That’s the manager’s choice, but it’s been like this for me for all my years at this club.
“It was the same when Eidur Gudjohnsen was here, when [Andriy] Shevchenko was here, and all of the other times.
“I’m 33, I’m the oldest player and, even if that feels strange, I’m not worried.
“If I deserve to play then I will play. If I’m not good then I won’t. It’s good for the team to have some competition.”