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Chelsea to hold Drogba contract talks

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Chelsea striker Didier Drogba may still have a future at Stamford Bridge after Chelsea's chief executive confirmed talks will take place over a new contract this summer.

The Ivorian frontman was widely expected to leave the Blues at the end of this season after rejecting a one-year contract extension. Drogba, who has been linked with clubs in Europe, China and the USA, is thought to be holding out for a two-year deal - something Chelsea were initially not keen on offering.

However, Ron Gourlay, Chelsea's chief executive, will attempt to agree a last-minute compromise with the striker after the Champions League final against Bayern Munich.

Gourlay said: "We continue to discuss with Didier the situation. Didier loves this football club, we love Didier, and we'll continue to have the conversations."

Chelsea face Bayern Munich on May 19 and Gourlay hopes sit-down talks after the final will persuade the 34-year-old to extend his eight-year stint in west London.

"Didier and the rest of the team are completely focused on what we've got to achieve in the next week and, once that's finished, we'll sit down," said Gourlay.

Drogba moved to Chelsea from Marseille for £24m in 2004 and has gone on to net 156 goals in 339 appearances.

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