Drogba could stay at Chelsea
Agent says striker is happy and may not leave in summer
By Patrick Haond. Last Updated: 20/04/12 11:06am
Didier Drogba: Talks ongoing over a new deal at Chelsea
Didier Drogba's agent claims the striker could yet sign a new deal to stay at Chelsea.
The 34-year-old's future has been the subject of intense speculation for some time with his current contract due to expire at the end of the season.
Shanghai Shenhua have been strongly linked with a move for Drogba as the Chinese look to reunite the Ivory Coast ace with his former Chelsea team-mate Nicolas Anelka.
Talks have been ongoing with Chelsea for some time with the sticking point thought to be over the length of the contract with Chelsea only willing to offer Drogba a 12-month extension and the player seeking a two-year deal.
However, Drogba's representative, Thierno Seidy, claims the forward would like to finish his career at Stamford Bridge and that his current form will persuade the club's board to give him the deal he wants.
"Terminate his career at Stamford Bridge? He has not changed his mind," Seidy told L'Equipe.
"Talks are going on with executive director (Ron Gourlay), and we will take stock with him before the end of the season.
"I believe what Didier is currently showing will lead the club to a new thought.
"Didier loves Chelsea and he wants to stay, but if things have to happen another way, he will leave. This time we can make the decision by ourselves"
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"Didier loves Chelsea and he wants to stay, but if things have to happen another way, he will leave. This time we can make the decision by ourselves.
"Didier will be a free agent at the end of the season, so he is master of his own fate to sign his last contract.
Seidy claims they have received several offers for Drogba's services, but he has ruled out the former Marseille man joining another English club.
"We have a lot of offers from everywhere," added Seidy. "But one thing is for sure: if Didier will play in England next season, it will be at Chelsea and nowhere else."