Didier Drogba has poured cold water over rumours he may leave Chelsea this summer, by stating he wants to finish his career at Stamford Bridge.

The Ivorian made a cameo appearance in The Blues' Barclays Premier League opener against Stoke City on Sunday, as he partnered Nicolas Anelka and Fernando Torres as Andre Villas-Boas' side hunted down a winner at the Britannia Stadium.

And Drogba says he wants to continue to fight for the Chelsea cause.

"I said a few years ago that I will be here until the end of my contract," he said.

"But I would like to finish my career here. We are continuing talks. Everybody knows what I feel about Chelsea and what I want."


 

The 33-year-old is in the final year of his deal in west London, and given the purchase of Torres during the January transfer window and the appointment of Andre Villas-Boas a manager, Drogba had good reason to believe his days were numbered.

However, the forward appears ready to commute his future to Chelsea, with Villas-Boas confirming a contract has been offered.

Villas-Boas said: "He knows our offer and he has made a counter offer.

"We are now waiting on things."

Drogba scored 13 goals for Chelsea last season, including a hat trick on the opening day of last season against West Bromwich Albion.

He recently scored his 50th international goal for the Ivory Coast against Israel to prove his doubters that he can still replicate his very form this season.

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