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Brazilian happy to stay at the Bridge

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Chelsea defender Alex has revealed he wants to finish his career at Stamford Bridge.

The centre-half joined the Blues on the eve of the 2007 Barclays Premier League season after three years playing in Holland at PSV Eindhoven. The Brazil international signed a new deal last season to extend his stay for a further four years and now says that he wants to remain at the club for life.

Alex said: "I'm very happy and hope to stay here for a long, long time and play for 200 or 300 games. This season I have been here longer than PSV, it feels like home and I hope I can stay here for the rest of my career."

He added: "To be here is a good feeling, it's very important for me and I'm very happy," Alex added. "In my career I never expected this, that one day I would come to play in England for a big team like Chelsea, and complete 100 games."

Meanwhile, Ivory Coast striker Didier Drogba is determined to end Liverpool's mini-revival after grabbing his first European goal of the season for Chelsea in their 4-1 Champions League success over Spartak Moscow.

Chelsea's victory on Wednesday night ensured that they qualified for the knockout stages of the competition with two goals from Branislav Ivanovic and another from Nicolas Anelka complementing Drogba's penalty.

But now Chelsea face a difficult away trip to Liverpool on Sunday and Drogba wants the Blues to maintain their healthy five-point lead at the top of the Barclays Premier League.

"They will try to use this game to start their season, so we have to be ready," warned Drogba.

"We are seeing a different Liverpool than the one from earlier in the season. They have won their last two matches and their confidence is getting higher.

"We have to be careful. It's true that we shouldn't fear any team but we're going to have some difficult moments. Since I've been here, Chelsea v Liverpool has been special and it's always a difficult game. We're going there to win but it's not going to be easy."

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