Kalou wants to be the star
Salomon Kalou has told skysports.com of his dream to follow in the footsteps of Didier Drogba and become a hero at Chelsea.
By Peter Fraser
Last Updated: 16/12/09 2:14pm
Salomon Kalou has told skysports.com of his dream to follow in the footsteps of compatriot Didier Drogba and become a hero at Chelsea.
The Ivory Coast forward has failed to earn a regular place in the Blues' first XI since he signed from Feyenoord in a £8million deal in the May of 2006.
Kalou agreed a three-year contract extension with Chelsea in October and is happy, but he has aspirations to become a first-team regular in Carlo Ancelotti's side and a darling of the Shed End at Stamford Bridge.
The 24-year-old, who could return from a thigh injury against Portsmouth on Wednesday if Drogba fails to overcome a back problem, told skysports.com: "I am happy at Chelsea.
"Every season I try to raise my game and improve my game. I think that every season I have more opportunity to be in the team and show what I can do.
"One day I hope I will be a very important player for Chelsea and that is why I am working hard and I like the challenge of improving myself."
Competition for places
Asked if he wanted to become the Blues' goalscoring hero, he said: "Of course, that is my goal. I have showed that I can do that, score goals and be important when the team need me.
"Now I must be more consistent and get more opportunities in the team. That will be good for me."
Speculation has suggested that Chelsea could sign Atletico Madrid forward Sergio Aguero in January, which would increase competition for attacking places with the Premier League leaders.
It is believed the Blues are eager to spend in the winter window to compensate for the temporary departures of Kalou, Drogba, Michael Essien and John Obi Mikel for the African Nations Cup.
The former, though, does not want to be drawn on speculation linking Chelsea with a host of players from around Europe.
"I don't decide that," he replied when asked if Ancelotti needs to spend in January. "We managed to win games with the players that we have. In the end the decision is not on my side.
"We try to play together with the players we have got now to try and win every game and that is the most important thing right now."
Salomon Kalou was speaking at an event for Thomas Cook Sport, official travel partner of Chelsea and the UK's number one sports tour operator. Thomas Cook Sport takes football fans closer to the live action and offers Chelsea match breaks and 2010 World Cup packages. For more information, visit www.thomascooksport.com or call 020 8739 2360.