Didier Drogba has moved to quash any rumours of unrest between Chelsea strikers, as speculation grows that the Ivory Coast international is planning a move at the end of the season.
The star is currently third on the goal scorers list for Chelsea, behind Florent Malouda and first placed Nicolas Anelka. But the striker says this doesn’t cause problems between the forwards in the dressing room.
“There is no rivalry over that,” Drogba told the official Chelsea website of the goal scoring tally.
“I know where I am coming from. I was out for a while and I was sick and I am happy that my form is coming back.
“That is the most important thing - scoring goals in crucial games, at crucial moments, and Florent is now our league top scorer. I think he has a lot of critics but it is not deserved. People should show a bit more respect for what he has been achieving here.”
Drogba is another striker for Chelsea to have been at the rough end of the critics stick lately, with some saying the 33 year old hasn’t hit his top form this season. But the Chelsea striker says his goal tally doesn’t reflect the hard work he does for other players, and says he is happy with his contribution to the side.
“I am creating,” Drogba said.
“As I have always said since my first day here, I love to score and I hope to create assists too.
“I think a complete striker needs to be able to score and to create assists so whenever you don't score you know you can still be dangerous and help your team.”
Drobga looks the likely choice to start over fellow striker Fernando Torres on Sunday against Manchester United, after the African was the only real highlight in Chelsea’s 3-1 defeat to United in the Champions League quarter final first leg.